PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE
When Age Discrimination Occurs
Ohio is an at-will employment state, meaning that employers generally can terminate employees for any or no reason. However, there are times when job termination is illegal. One of those times is when an employee is terminated because of his or her age.
People over 40 are protected from adverse job actions based on their age by laws that prohibit discrimination. An employer cannot terminate an employee, refuse to hire a potential employee or change the terms and conditions of a person’s employment simply because that person is over 40. If you think you are a victim of age discrimination, the lawyers at Mowery Youell & Galeano, Ltd., have the experience to evaluate your case and advise you on whether they think you can make a financial recovery.
Experienced Columbus Age Discrimination Lawyers
Employers often try to pressure older workers to retire. For example, your employer may make comments about retirement or say things about the organization needing fresh blood. Often, these comments have less to do with your job performance than the organization’s wish to replace you with a younger employee at a lower salary and with lower benefit costs.
If you think your organization is trying to phase you out of your job, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. We often advise clients about how to deal with such situations. Among the things we advise our clients to do is to document employment actions and comments to create a paper trail of evidence that can be used to prove age discrimination in a court of law.