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Combating Age Discrimination

Federal law protects older workers. They are frequently victims of unfair termination or other adverse employment actions. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) specifically prohibits discrimination against employees 40 or older.

The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees. If your company is smaller, contact our firm for information and to discuss your options. The ADEA is now read in conjunction with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA). Older workers may be asked to waive rights when a workforce must be downsized, but only with certain very specific conditions. For more information, contact an Indianapolis age discrimination attorney.

Older employees frequently have higher salaries after many years on the job. Letting them go saves a company more money than letting go a younger, lower-paid employee. Younger employees sometimes appear to have certain promise, ambition or ability, whether this turns out to be true or not. They may be favored over more senior workers.

Older workers also have families and make more demands on employers’ benefits programs. Despite older workers’ valuable experience and knowledge, employers are tempted to reduce expenses by encouraging them to leave.

Resolving Your Situation

If you have been a victim of age discrimination, don’t try to handle the situation on your own. Important legal deadlines and procedural requirements make it essential to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. At Stephanie Jane Hahn, Attorney at Law, our firm has served employees for more than 20 years. Your company may be violating the law and not even know it. We will let you know. Often, mediation can bring about a satisfactory solution. Otherwise, litigation is an option for you.

We do more than just litigate your case — we can help you obtain both economic and noneconomic goals, perhaps avoiding litigation altogether. To schedule a confidential consultation, complete the form below or call us at 800-375-1548. Our office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

With her experience on the Indiana State Bar Association’s Employment and Labor Council, attorney Stephanie Jane Hahn has a thorough understanding of the changing legislation in employment law. She has held esteemed positions on the Executive Board of the council for the past three years, including secretary, treasurer and chair-elect.