Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination is the practice of treating an employee or job applicant less favorably than other employees or applicants due to his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only protects... more +
Age Discrimination is the practice of treating an employee or job applicant less favorably than other employees or applicants due to his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only protects those workers or applicants who are over the age of forty. Some state laws expand age discrimination protection to younger workers as well. Age Discrimination can take many forms including persistent harassment based on a person's age, demotion, unjustified pay disparities, passing over for opportunity, or any other adverse employment action motivated by an individual's age.  less -
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Watch What You Say in the Face of Rising Age Discrimination Claims

Between a faltering economy and more workers over the age of 65 remaining in the workforce, age discrimination complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have risen dramatically, with 43% more...more

EEOC Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Murphy School District No. 21

Federal Agency Says School District Denied Employees Benefits Based on Their Age - PHOENIX -- Murphy School District No. 21, a public school district in the city of Phoenix, unlawfully used an early retirement...more

Fourth Circuit: Retirement Plan Discriminates Based on Age

A County retirement-benefit plan requires an employee to contribute a percentage of his salary to the plan. But not all employees contribute at the same rate. Instead, an older employee must contribute at a...more

Appeals Court Rules for the EEOC in Age Bias Lawsuit Against Baltimore County

Fourth Circuit Upholds Lower Court Determination That Baltimore County Pension Plan Discriminates Based on Age - BALTIMORE - In a second victory for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in this case,...more

EEOC Roundup (January 2014)

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

ADEA Safe Harbor Unsafe

In 1945, an employer and unions created a pension plan that provided equal pensions to all workers retiring at age 65 but capped the employer’s contributions. The result was that workers who joined the plan later in life,...more

Employer Handbook: Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) applies to virtually all employers with 20 or more employees in 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding year. Be careful how you count, though. Businesses under...more

Reasonable Notice and the Older Worker

There was once an expectation that workers would retire by age 65. That expectation is changing. For a variety of reasons, many workers now want or expect to work later in life. As it can no longer be assumed that...more

Fifth Circuit Rules for ExxonMobil, Ending Eight-Year Battle with EEOC

On March 25, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for Exxon Mobil against an EEOC age-discrimination challenge to ExxonMobil’s practice of removing its corporate pilots from...more

Would Texas Law Support Disgorgement of Payments When Plaintiff’s Daughter Makes Comments On Facebook?

In a case that received national attention, on February 26, 2014, a Florida District Court of Appeal held that a plaintiff’s comments to his daughter regarding a settlement with his former employer and his daughter’s...more

UK Government Publishes Employment Tribunal Statistics

The statistics show a huge fall in the number of claims, which may be due to the introduction of tribunal fees....more

Can You Keep a Secret? Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements Are For Real

If a party to a confidential settlement agreement blabs about the settlement, could the party lose some of the benefits of the settlement? A recent Florida appellate decision is a good reminder to think carefully about the...more

How to Protect Your Summary Judgment Win: Employer’s Victory Reversed in Age Bias Case

Motions for summary judgment are among the most important—and efficient—devices for defeating a discrimination suit brought by an employee against an employer. If successful, these motions serve to narrow issues to be...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Age and Disability Discrimination

Keller Store Manager Harassed and Then Fired Because of His Age; Also Denied a Reasonable Accommodation for His Diabetes, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS - Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, LLC discriminated against a store...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Discriminatory Hiring, Retaliation at PMT Corporation

Minnesota Medical Device Company Barred Women and Older Applicants from Sales Jobs, Retaliated Against Employee for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Chanhassen, Minn., medical device and equipment...more

There is Such a Thing as Over-Sharing: Former Employee Forfeits Portion of Settlement Payment After Daughter Discloses Settlement...

It seems like every day there is a new case highlighting novel and evolving issues employers confront when people disclose information via social media. The latest example involves a hapless college-age daughter in Florida...more

Fired 61-Year-Old Hospital Employee Can Proceed With Age Discrimination Case, California Court Finds

Cheal v. El Camino Hospital, H036548 (January 31, 2014): In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that a worker may proceed with her claim for age discrimination following her discharge from employment for...more

EEOC Sues Memphis Light, Gas & Water for Age Discrimination

Municipal Utility Provider Refused to Promote Employee Because of Age, Federal Agency Charges - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), a division of the City of Memphis, violated federal law when it...more

Litigating Age Claims in California: Not Every Settlement Agreement Requires OWBPA Consideration and Revocation Periods

The Facts - I represent a national company with operations in California. A former employee recently filed a lawsuit against them in a California state court. After negotiating with opposing counsel, the parties...more

Hearsay Statements Increase an Employer’s Risk in California

In reversing summary judgment for an employer in an age discrimination case, the California Court of Appeal extended the statement against interest exception to the hearsay rule set forth in California Evidence Code section...more

Age Discrimination Claim Survives Dismissal Where Questions Existed Regarding Adequacy Of Job Performance And Employee Presented...

Reversing a trial court’s decision in favor of the employer, a California Court of Appeals in Cheal v. El Camino Hospital held that a former employee may present her age discrimination claim to a jury because there were...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014

A California federal court in Enki Corporation v. Freedman held that a former employee’s access of the employer’s computer systems through his log-in credentials did not amount to unlawful hacking under either the Computer...more

Employer's Contemporaneous Documentation of Verbal Counseling Helps It Win Discrimination Lawsuit

The Seventh Circuit recently upheld the summary judgment dismissal of a former hospital worker's claims for national origin and age discrimination after the worker was fired for repeatedly sending "negative, unprofessional,...more

Older Canadians Still Face Age Discrimination

The demise of mandatory retirement, low returns on fixed-income investments and a significant population over the age of 50 has led to more Canadians working past retirement age than ever before. A recent online poll found...more

EEOC Roundup (December 2013): Age Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). The Act forbids treating job applicants and employees less favorably because they are age 40 or older....more

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