Age Discrimination in Employment

So just what is age discrimination in employment? And how old do you have to be to be covered by federal laws on the matter?

What started as an inquisitive question recently turned into a detailed dialog about age discrimination. An acquaintance asked me about age discrimination and whether as an employment attorney if I see this happening.

Starting with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, the ADEA prohibits employment discrimination against persons 40 years of age or older.  Yes, 40! Sounds pretty young, huh, but age discrimination can start at ages younger than we might think.

For example, just last fall, the restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse was sued by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) was just this type of age discrimination. (Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-11732 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts). Even here in the Houston area, I am asked about similar scenarios like this more often than I should be asked….so, if you are wondering if age is a factor at your workplace, please at least take time to consult with an employment attorney soon and get your questions answered.

Take care, Eric Gruetzner

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