Knoxville, TN Age Discrimination Lawyers

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) protects workers over the age of forty (40). It prohibits age discrimination in all aspects of employment, such as hiring, firing, pay, promotion, layoffs, benefits, and other aspects of employment. But if you are not forty (40) years of age or older, the age discrimination law does not apply to you.
Generally speaking, here is what you must do to prove an age discrimination case:

  1. You must be at least forty (40) years old
  2. The employer took a materially adverse employment action against you
  3. You were qualified for the job you held or wanted, or you were meeting the employer’s reasonable expectations
  4. A person who is similar to you but who is less than forty (40) years old was treated better than you.

Depending on the circumstances of your age discrimination case, your lawyer could tell you about other, or slightly different, factors a court will consider. For example, you could possibly win your age discrimination lawsuit even if the other person who was treated better than you is also older than forty (40). But again, you would need to seek the advice of a lawyer or law firm who handles age discrimination cases.

If you have questions about age discrimination in the workplace, call us or another experienced employment lawyer. For more general information, go the EEOC’s website,, which has information about all types of employment discrimination, retaliation, and harassment.