Michigan Age Discrimination Attorneys
Over the past several years, age discrimination has become increasingly common in the workplace. As companies down-size and cut costs, older employees can be targeted for termination or pressured to retire early. Often the company uses the excuse that the older employees are more “expensive” or less suited to the future needs of the business.
In many instances, these decisions are based on misguided or stereotypical generalizations about older workers, such as that older workers are resistance to change, unable to adapt to and utilize new technologies or are too tired and lack energy for the job.
Employers’ efforts to terminate older workers are often based on a person’s age – not their capability or competency. This is illegal and there are specific laws which prohibit age discrimination in the workplace, including the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act and Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) requires employers to give statistical information to employees affected by a workforce reduction which lists the ages and job titles of those laid off and those retained before the employer can obtain a valid release. Employees age 40 and over must also be given 45 days to consider whether to sign the release.
It is a common practice for employers to try to obtain releases from employees to prevent them from bringing lawsuits to challenge their termination. The release frees the employer from any and all liability for age discrimination or other claims in return for some financial consideration.
If you have been asked to sign a similar severance agreement or waiver relating to your lay-off or if you believe you are being or have been pushed-out or discriminated against at work because of your age — call us. As we have for so many other older workers, we will aggressively advocate for you, defend your rights to continue working or see that you are compensated for your economic losses and other damages.
Protecting Your Rights
At Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, we are committed to protecting the rights of older employees and helping them avoid forced retirement due to their age. We are experienced litigators and passionate advocates for our clients’ interests.
If you believe you are experiencing age discrimination, contact our Michigan employment attorneys. We can help.