What is age discrimination?

Age discrimination involves treating someone less favorably due to their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers over the age of 40 from discrimination. The law includes all aspects of age discrimination (firing, hiring, promotions, pay, training, benefits, job assignments, and layoffs).

What are some examples of age-based harassment?

Harassment includes all offensive and unacceptable conduct in the workplace. For age-based scenarios, this could be anything from comments, jokes, gestures, or writings that a person finds insulting.

Can my employer ask me what my age is?

It is not illegal for an employer to ask you what your age is. However, an employer asking this question may signal an intent to discriminate based on age. To avoid doing this, employers should ask about age only if they have a lawful reason for doing so.

Can a company offer different benefits based on age?

There aren’t any specific federal laws regarding age-based benefits, so workers should consult with state law for any questions that they may have.

Can I be punished for reporting age discrimination?

It is illegal for your employer to harass you or treat you differently because you report discrimination to anyone. You have the right to be protected from retaliation.

How can I schedule an appointment with Nelson Law Group?

If you have any questions about age discrimination we would be happy to answer them today! Call (865) 383-1054 or stop by our office at 10263 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee. We look forward to hearing from you soon!