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Milwaukee Age Discrimination Attorney

Age Discrimination Lawyers

Age Discrimination cases are complex. Employers who engage in age discrimination often attempt to mask their illegal conduct through reductions in force or becoming unfairly critical of an older employee's work.

Once an employee asserts an age discrimination claim, many employers have the recourses to hire large corporate law firms to defend their actions. Carroll Law Firm, SC focuses its entire legal practice on representing employees, professionals and executives. Loyalties will never be divided because the firm does not represent employers. Attorney Douglas J. Carroll, Jr., the founder and managing attorney at Carroll Law Firm, SC has the knowledge and experience to peel back the layers of management-speak and get at the truth. He has the skill and tenacity to effectively fight for justice regardless of the size and recourses of the employer or the law firm they hire.

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Milwaukee Age Discrimination Attorney

Milwaukee Age Discrimination Lawyer

Milwaukee Age Discrimination Attornies State and Federal laws protect employees from discrimination in the workplace. The laws protecting employees from employment discrimination are much broader than many people, including many employers realize. The anti-discrimination laws do not require employers to make smart decisions or to be nice or even fair to employees but they do require that employers treat employees equally regardless of their protected category.

Age Discrimination Is Illegal

Both the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act protect individuals over 40 years old from employment discrimination based upon age. The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees. The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act covers employers with one or more employees.

What is Unlawful Age Discrimination?

Age discrimination occurs when an employer treats an applicant or employee who is 40 years old or older differently than similarly situated younger employees with respect to any term, condition or privilege of employment including hiring, training, discipline, discharge, layoffs, promotion, compensation, and benefits. The laws recognize that there is a difference between someone who is 40 years old and someone who is 60 years old. When comparing the treatment of an older worker to similarly situated younger employees, a significant difference in age is recognized even if the significantly younger person is over 40 years old.

Can there be Age Discrimination when My Boss who is also over 40 years old treats me differently than younger employees?

Yes. The laws recognize that discrimination may occur when both the victim and the person engaging in the discriminatory conduct are both over 40 years old.

Harassment because of Age is also illegal

The laws also protect employees over 40 years old from being harassed because of their age when the harassment is severe and pervasive enough to create a hostile working environment.

How Do I recognize Age Discrimination?

Age discrimination in employment is rampant in today's labor market. Employers often use "downsizing," "reorganizing" or "reductions in force" to mask discrimination against older employees. However, unlike other types of employment discrimination, it is not uncommon for there to be direct evidence of age discrimination. When a supervisor repeatedly asks you about your retirement plans or makes seemingly offhanded comments about your age it is time to start documenting the dates, times and specific statements made. Further, like most types of unlawful employment discrimination, early signs of age discrimination in employment include a sudden negative and subjective evaluation of work performance, differential treatment with respect to discipline or even in minor things such as workplace socialization.

Know Your Rights

It is quite common for employers to offer severance packages to discharged older workers. These severance packages typically include a modest payment in exchange for a release of claims. In order to release an age discrimination claim under the ADEA the employee's release must meet the following criteria:
  • be in writing and be understandable;
  • must be knowingly and voluntary;
  • specifically refer to ADEA rights or claims;
  • not waive rights or claims that may arise in the future;
  • be in exchange for valuable consideration in addition to anything of value to which the individual already is entitled;
  • advise the individual in writing to consult an attorney before signing the waiver; and provide the individual at least 21 days to consider the agreement and at least 7 days to revoke the agreement after signing it.

Be Vigilant for Retaliation

At Carroll Law Firm. SC, we believe it is always best practice to contact us immediately if you believe you are the victim of age discrimination in employment because knowing your employment rights is critical to protecting yourself and your career.

However, if you choose to complain about age discrimination or report discriminatory treatment before contacting an attorney, be vigilant for retaliation. Your employer may not retaliate against you for reporting, opposing or complaining about age discrimination in the workplace. Retaliation can include but is not limited to enforcing rules more strictly, judging performance more critically and altering terms, conditions or privileges of employment such as working hours, wages, and work assignments.

Milwaukee Employment Discrimination Attorney

Milwaukee Age Discrimination Lawyer

If you believe you are the victim of age discrimination in the workplace contact Carroll Law Firm, SC, a Milwaukee Age Discrimination Law Firm that will work tirelessly to advocate for your employee rights. When you contact us, you will speak directly to an attorney. In our first communication we provide a free initial assessment of your case and in most cases you will be invited to come to our office for a more detailed consultation. We will listen to you and elicit important facts so that we may conduct a meticulous evaluation of your situation. You will get sound, straightforward legal advice about your rights, a considered evaluation of your entire situation, an explanation of your options for legal representation beyond the initial conference and we will begin to develop a comprehensive legal strategy tailored to accomplishing your goals and obtaining results for you.

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