Milwaukee Age Discrimination Attorneys
Are you a baby boomer under threat of layoff … but younger employees at your workplace are not? Are you a senior worker witnessing unexplained promotions of younger people whose ability seems to be no higher than your own?
Discuss your concerns about age discrimination on the job in a free initial phone consultation with a Milwaukee age discrimination attorney at the law offices of Alan C. Olson & Associates, s.c. Contact us through this website.
Protecting Employees: State and Federal Age Discrimination Laws
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) were enacted to protect individuals aged forty or older from employment discrimination.
The United States Congress has declared that in the face of rising productivity and affluence, older workers find themselves disadvantaged in their efforts to retain employment, and especially to regain employment when displaced from jobs. The ADEA was enacted for the following purposes:
- Promote employment of older persons based on their ability rather than age
- Prohibit arbitrary age discrimination in employment
- Help employers and workers find ways of meeting problems arising from the impact of age on employment
- Eliminate the setting of arbitrary age limits regardless of potential for job performance
Under the ADEA, an individual has the right to a jury trial. Most age discrimination cases involve employee terminations and layoffs. However, age discrimination can involve any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, layoffs, benefits, compensation, assignments and other issues. Under the federal law, employers who have twenty or more employees are subject to the provisions of the ADEA. Wisconsin discrimination law covers all employers, regardless of the number of employees.
Reverse Age Discrimination
In other types of employment discrimination cases, it is possible to bring a reverse discrimination case — on the basis of being discriminated against for being outside of a particular class of protected individuals. However, in 2006, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the ADEA does not protect against reverse age discrimination.
You Have Rights. Our Age Discrimination Lawyers Can Help.
Please contact our Wisconsin employment law firm if you have questions regarding your legal rights or believe you have been subjected to on-the-job age discrimination.