Despite longstanding federal and state laws prohibiting it, age discrimination is still a persistent problem in Tennessee workplaces. Younger job candidates are often favored over older candidates with more experience simply due to bias about age. This prejudice puts older employees at an unfair disadvantage when it comes to securing new job opportunities.
Fortunately, a Nashville employment lawyer is dedicated to helping workers who find themselves in this situation. Our experienced and skilled lawyers can help you file an age discrimination claim. We always work tirelessly to get you a favorable outcome in your case.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal law that makes it illegal to discriminate against employees on the basis of their age. All employees over the age of forty years old are protected under this law.
In order for an employer to be subject to the ADEA, they must have a minimum of twenty employees. The federal government agency responsible for enforcing the ADEA is the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).
Age discrimination is also prohibited by the Tennessee Human Rights Act, listed under Tennessee Code Chapter 4-21. The Tennessee Human Rights Act applies to employers with more than eight employees and, just like the federal law, specifically prohibits discrimination against persons over the age of forty.
Employees at smaller companies in Nashville may have only had the opportunity to file a claim under state law due to the requisite number of employees required to file a federal claim.
Unlawful age discrimination can come in many different forms. Age discrimination is prohibited in virtually every aspect of employment, including:
Age discrimination is equally illegal whether it is against current employees, potential employees, or job applicants. Employment practices and policies that have an adverse impact on older workers are also a form of age discrimination. A Nashville age discrimination lawyer could help you with your claim.
Behavior putting workers over forty at a disadvantage is considered legally discriminatory. For example, favoring workers in their twenties over workers in their thirties would not constitute age discrimination under the law.
When an employee exercises their right to file a claim alleging age discrimination under federal or state law, employers are prohibited from retaliating against that employee. Retaliation refers to any adverse action, such as firing, demoting, changing workplace circumstances, or harassment, taken by an employer in response to a protected action taken by a worker.
If retaliation occurs in response to filing an age discrimination claim, the employee may have an additional claim of retaliation against the employer. For more information about how to best approach workplace retaliation, consult with one of our Nashville lawyers. Each claim is going to be different and you need an experienced Nashville age discrimination attorney to advise you on your particular situation. Our attorneys have both experience and success in handling these claims.
If you believe you experienced age discrimination, set up a complimentary initial consultation with a Nashville age discrimination lawyer.
Our talented legal team is dedicated to serving your legal needs and could make all the difference in your workplace discrimination case. Call today to find out how we could help you end age discrimination against you and move forward with the important work that you do.