There's no such thing as being "too old" for a job. When your age affects your job, the Employment Law Firm of Pennsylvania is there to stand up for you against your employers in the workplace, at administrative agencies, and in court.
Unlike race and sex, age discrimination does not fall within Title VII. Instead, the U.S. Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prevents employers from discriminating against employers over 40 years old. The same is true under the Pennsylvania Human Resources Act. The laws do not prevent discrimination because a person is "too young".
Small businesses are not covered by federal age discrimination law. The ADEA only applies to companies with 20 or more employees. However, the PHRA applies to any Pennsylvania business with at least 4 employees. That means, if you work for a small business, the Employment Law Firm of Pennsylvania may have to file your case with a state agency or in state court, rather than federal.
Most anti-discrimination laws only apply to employment decisions like hiring, firing, and promotion. However, the ADEA also prevents age harassment in the workplace, as long as the conduct is severe or frequent enough to create a hostile work environment. The person doing the harassing can be a supervisor, co-worker, or even a client or customer.
Often, employers facing age discrimination complaints will claim that the employment decision was based on an older worker's lack of physical ability. However, this may be a defense to the ADEA, but it won't automatically allow the employer's decision to stand. Instead, it could raise new complaints under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prevents disability discrimination.
If you are facing discrimination because of your age at work, you need aggressive and experienced employment lawyers to come alongside you and file your complaint with state and federal agencies or in court. Contact the Employment Law Firm of Pennsylvania today to schedule a consultation.
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