12 Nov Don’t let age discrimination hold you back
Discrimination should never be allowed in the workplace. In fact, there are many federal and state laws that prevent it. Why does it still occur so much?
The fact is that many people are afraid to come forward. They may be embarrassed to talk about the situation or feel that the employer is too powerful to fight back against. It’s important to consider the fact that you have state and federal laws on your side, though, and your attorney can help you build a case that is strong and defined.
Age discrimination is one kind of discrimination that is often overlooked, but cases can be won. For instance, a 61-year-old woman was fired from her position at a job that she held for over 15 years. A jury found that the company had retaliated against the woman due to her growing age, because she was female, and because she was nearing retirement. She fought back, and she won her case along with $2.7 million in damages.
Not all cases are the same, so those kinds of results can’t be considered standard. Still, what it proves is that discrimination can be beat, and you can walk away from a termination dispute as someone who knows you didn’t do anything wrong.
There’s no need to worry about talking with your attorney; if your job fires you for reaching out, that’s another kind of retaliation that you can use in court. No matter the situation you find yourself in, there are ways to build a case that can help. Our website has more information on discrimination and what to do if you’ve been victimized.