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Understanding Your Rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

In 1967, legislators passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. This law protects employees and job applicants who are 40 years of age or older from discrimination in the work force. Any time an employer shows bias toward an employee due to his or her age when making decisions related to hiring, firing, compensation, merit increases, training, job assignments, promotions, or other employment related benefits it is considered age discrimination. The ADEA was created to protect workers age 40 and older because, at one time, it was believed that younger employees were given preferential treatment in the workplace. It was assumed that younger employees were more productive and many workers over the age of 40 faced bias due to their age. With the ADEA, bias against workers age 40 and up is unacceptable and may be considered a violation of the Act. If employees feel they have been victims of age discrimination, they can take the law into their hands by filing claims against their employers. In order to file valid age discrimination in employment claims employees will have to prove: they are members of a protected age group they are qualified for the positions they held they were laid off, fired, demoted or negatively affected in some way they were terminated, laid off or demoted and workers outside of the protected class took their prior positions If an age discrimination victim decides to move forward with a claim against an employer, the employee would not have to prove that age was the sole reason for the employer’s decision. However, the employee would have to prove that age made a “difference” in the employer’s decision to terminate, demote, or lay off. Get Legal Help Today Were you treated unfairly in your place of employment due to your age? If so, call our office at (855) 348-3615 to share your story with our team. We are here to help you enforce your legal rights as an employee.


Englett and Associates handles many types of discrimination cases, including:

Age Discrimination

At Englett and Associates, we are committed to representing people who have been discriminated against in the workplace due to their age. We are aggressive supporters of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and our legal team believes that all people have the right to be treated fairly in their places of employment.

If you believe that you were a victim of age discrimination, we encourage you to contact our law office and set up a free consultation with our employment law attorneys. Our team of lawyers and paralegals are here to listen to your side of the story and will serve as your legal advocates during this difficult time in your life. We understand the worry and anxiety you are dealing with and will do all that we can to act quickly on your behalf. When you work with our law firm, we will provide you with legal options that are appropriate for your case. We will also help you exercise your rights under state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

Employment Discrimination

If you were fired, laid off, demoted, or subjected to negative treatment in the workplace, it does not necessarily mean that you were discriminated against by your employer. In order to claim your employer discriminated against you, you must be able to prove that you are a member of a “protected category”. In other words, you have to prove that your employer treated you unfairly due to bias against your age, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or national orientation For example, if you were recently fired due to the color of your skin and you can prove that your employer was biased against your race, you may be able to claim employment discrimination occurred. However, if you feel your employer terminated your position simply because they did not like you, it would be difficult to say employment discrimination was an issue.

Did You Lose Your Job because of Discrimination?

If you have reason to believe you were fired, demoted, laid off, or treated unfairly due to your age, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or national orientation, you may be able to file an employment discrimination claim. With employment discrimination cases the one thing that matters is your employer’s motive. You have to prove that it was your employer’s intention to take unfair action against you because he or she was bias. The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, the organization that is in charge of enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws, provides in-depth information on the various types of employment discrimination and details employer violations. Employment Discrimination Attorneys As you can imagine, proving bias in the workplace is quite complicated. This is why you may find it useful to work with the employment discrimination lawyers at Englett and Associates. Our team’s experience in discrimination cases and understanding of Title VII and the Florida Civil Rights Act, will provide you will strong legal representation and advocacy. Under The Florida Civil Rights Act, discrimination against an employee that affects the employee’s “terms or conditions of employment” are strictly prohibited and punishable by law. At Englett and Associates, we can help enforce your rights if: you are a member of a protected class discrimination was evident and negatively affected the terms of your employment employer bias resulted in your wrongful termination, demotion or loss of other job benefits you suffered financial or emotional damages Our employment discrimination attorneys know that bias can manifest in many ways. From wrongful termination to loss of promotion opportunities; employment discrimination may not only hinder an employee in the workplace, but also cause a great deal of stress, worry, and emotional trauma.

Gender Discrimination

In the year 2008, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that there were over 28,300 charges made of workplace gender discrimination. In that same year, the EEOC reported that it was able to resolve 24,018 cases involving gender discrimination at workplaces. As you can see, there are a significant number of people in the United States that have suffered from gender discrimination. If you have been subjected to discrimination in the workplace due to your gender, know that you are not alone. You have resources to choose from and may find it helpful to speak with an employment law at Englett and Associates. Our law firm is dedicated to helping employees like you exercise their legal rights and seek the justice they deserve. To learn how we can help you fight back against gender discrimination at the workplace, call us today at (855) 348-3615 to set up your free consultation. If you feel that you were subjected to gender discrimination, taking immediate action is important. First, you should file a discrimination report with your employer. If your employer retaliates or does not take action to resolve your complaint, you should consider speaking with our legal team as soon as possible. We would welcome the opportunity to hear your story and will take the time to explain your legal options to you.

Pregnancy Discrimination and Sexual Harassments

Two major types of complaints that fall under the category of gender discrimination are pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment. Pregnancy discrimination occurs when a woman faces bias in the workplace due to her status as a pregnant woman, childbirth, or related medical symptoms. In the U.S., employers cannot deny a pregnant woman job opportunities, maternity leave, fringe benefits, or health insurance just because she is with child. Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual behavior in an employee’s place of work. Sexual harassment may range from employees being subjected to unwanted sexual advances to employees being exposed to inappropriate images or jokes while at work. It is reported that the EEOC handles 15,000 sexual harassment cases every year and, contrary to belief, the victims are both men and women. For more information on sexual harassment please visit our sexual harassment page. Have you been the victim of pregnancy discrimination or sexual harassment? If so, call Englett and Associates today at (855) 348-3615 to speak with a gender discrimination lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights. How the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Applies to Employees Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of their gender as well as their race, national origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or, disabilities. This section of the Civil Rights Act is responsible for granting employees certain protections and applies to corporations, employment agencies and the federal government. According to the laws set forth by the Civil Rights Act, employers cannot fire, layoff, or demote an employee based upon the employee’s gender. Additionally, an employer cannot make decisions that will negatively affect an employee’s benefits, compensation, or promotion opportunities due to the employee’s gender. Another important piece of legislation that applies to gender discrimination cases is the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Under this Act, employers must offer equal pay to both men and women. Anytime an employer offers unequal compensation based on gender, an employee may choose to file a gender discrimination claim.

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