We Help Workers Fight Age Discrimination
There are many forms of age discrimination. An employer may intentionally work to weed out the older generation of workers to cut wage costs. Age discrimination can also be subtle. For example, an employer might try to hire younger workers in an effort to bring “energy,” “young blood” or other youthful qualities to the workplace. Whether intentional or unintentional, age discrimination is prohibited under state and federal law. If you believe you have been discriminated against as a result of your age, speak with an attorney at NachtLaw. We can help you understand your rights under the law, explain your options and, if appropriate, help you pursue a claim against your current or former employer in Michigan. Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation with an age discrimination attorney at our Ann Arbor, Birmingham or Traverse City office.
Age Discrimination Prohibited Under State And Federal Law
Under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers are prohibited from job discrimination against an employee based on his or her age. Federal age discrimination law protects employees who are aged 40 and over from being fired, demoted, denied a job promotion or otherwise discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of their age. Under Michigan state law, age discrimination has no minimum age; even so-called “reverse discrimination” against younger employees is also illegal. When age plays a factor in job termination issues, both federal and state laws are implicated. Age discrimination claims often overlap with disability issues. Sometimes, there is a perception of a disability motivating job termination decisions against an older worker. Older workers can be targeted to be fired because of assumptions about abilities on the job, because of medical leave requests or because of job accommodations requested by an older worker. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal laws prohibit many of these types of job discrimination, even if the disability was merely perceived and not real.
Wrongful Termination Lawyers
The employment lawyers at NachtLaw are experienced at bringing discrimination claims against employers in Michigan, including cases involving complex employment litigation. To discuss your case with one of the age discrimination lawyers at NachtLaw, contact our firm to set up a consultation. NachtLaw serves clients throughout Michigan.