New Hampshire Age Discrimination Lawyers
Seeking Justice for Clients
Age discrimination is not new and happens frequently in New Hampshire. According to the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the state agency which investigates discrimination complaints, age discrimination is one of the most common forms of unlawful employment discrimination. Nationwide, age discrimination complaints have increased to over 24,500 filed for 2008 at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
As an employee, you have worked hard to get the experience necessary to develop your skills in your career. Unfortunately, employers sometimes make employment decisions based on age. Your age should not be used against you. Our New Hampshire age discrimination lawyers at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. understand the sensitive and difficult nature of these cases and the emotional upset caused by the discrimination.
Holding Employers Accountable
Our age discrimination lawyers handle a variety of age-related discrimination protections. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. The ADEA’s protections apply to both employees and job applicants.
Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any of the following:
- Firing and layoffs
- Compensation and benefits
- Job assignments and training
Insurance companies and employers know our reputation for going to trial with successful results for our clients. This gives us leverage to get you the compensation you deserve for your age discrimination claim.
If you have been victimized by age discrimination on the job, our New Hampshire age discrimination lawyers have years of trial experience in successfully handling age discrimination claims. We can represent you against your employer and the insurance company at the EEOC, NH Commission for Human Rights, or in court.
Q:Do I need to hire an employment lawyer?
A:Yes. Employers and their insurance companies have experienced lawyers on their side. Because of the different laws protecting employees’ rights, it is important to have an experienced employment lawyer represent you. Having a skilled and experienced lawyer representing you will level the playing field against your former employer. Many victims of illegal employment make the mistake of not consulting with an experienced employment lawyer. An employment lawyer can explain your rights, whether you have an employment case and, if so, what damages you may be entitled to receive under the law.
Q:What is age discrimination?
A:The Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. These protections apply to both employees and job applicants and mean that it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to hiring, training, benefits, promotion, firing, layoffs, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
Q:Before I was hired, the employer asked about my age. Is that illegal?
A:The ADEA specifically does not prohibit an employer from asking an applicant’s age or date of birth.
Q:I have been laid off and replaced by an employee with less experience and who is much younger. Do I have a claim for age discrimination?
A:It depends on the circumstances of your layoff. Age discrimination can be a subtle form of discrimination and is often hard to prove. It is necessary for a prompt investigation to be conducted in order to determine whether your job was taken away as a result of your age. Your employer would need to state a reason other than your age for your denial.
Q:How will my employment lawyer get paid?
A:Like most employment law cases, age discrimination cases are typically handled on a contingency fee arrangement. This means that an attorney does not get paid until you recover damages in your case.