Age Discrimination Attorneys: Where To Start Your Case
If you or a loved one has ever felt the ugly effects of age discrimination, you are not alone. Age discrimination is when individuals are treated differently (usually in a very negative way) because of their age. Some individuals experience age discrimination in the form of being overlooked for employment opportunities even though they are well qualified, just because someone younger has also applied. People have even had their employment terminated due to their age. This is simply not right.
Age discrimination attorneys are individuals who help defend those who are so cruelly discriminated against. Think you may have a case? Here are a few things that you should do if you feel you might.
Save Documents With Discrimination. If you have ever had anything said to you (either verbally, through text, or email) that could be construed as age discrimination, you will want to save that evidence. Print emails, take pictures of text messages, or write down verbal attacks that you have had to go through. Discriminatory remarks could be anything similar to name calling, "playful" references to your age, or repeated questions or remarks about when you should retire. While they may be said in jest, there is likely underlying meaning behind a coworker's or bosses words. Carefully documenting any negative remarks could help you to build a case someday, if you need it.
Find Witnesses to the Misconduct. While many individuals you work with may know that things have been said about your age, performance, or abilities, few may offer to stand with you. Seek out trusted friends and coworkers who will document any age discrimination that they see or hear. Witnesses to misconduct are often hard to find, but they can be a determining factor for cases such as these that end up in court.
Document Employment Changes. If you have been working towards a promotion and your boss is aware of it, they may pull some strings to make sure that you do not achieve your goal. Make sure to document any conversations that you have with those who are in power over you. Document anything pertaining to your standing at work, promotions, or employment changes. These documents will help you to prove your case.
Age discrimination is not something that should be taken lightly. An attorney may be able to help you get the justice you deserve. If you are unsure whether you have a case or not, contact attorneys like those at John H. Haskin & Associates, LLC and ask for a free consultation.