New Jersey Age Discrimination Lawyer
If someone younger than you was given a raise or a promotion, or if you were denied a job in favor of someone half your age, you might be a victim of age discrimination. Some age discrimination is far subtler and does not involve such drastic one-to-one comparisons. Many victims of age discrimination are written off as behind the times or even senile. Age discrimination can even occur against young employees and applicants. This kind of treatment is completely unprofessional, and likely illegal.
If you or a loved one suffered age discrimination in the workplace, talk to an attorney today. You do not need to have been fired or not hired to suffer age discrimination, and you could be entitled to file a discrimination claim in many cases. For a free consultation on your age discrimination case, contact Roseland age discrimination attorney Usmaan Sleemi today at 973-453-4060.
New Jersey Laws on Age Discrimination
New Jersey’s “Law Against Discrimination” (LAD) creates rules for all employers in the state regarding employment discrimination and discrimination in the workplace. There are also federal laws that prevent age discrimination, as well as discrimination based on other grounds. These laws not only write rules to prevent discrimination, but also give you a cause of action to sue for discriminatory decisions.
The LAD makes it illegal for an employer to treat you differently, harass you, or make negative employment decisions against you on account of your age. This means that the following negative employment decisions could all be discrimination if they are done because of your age:
- Refusing to hire you,
- Firing you,
- Forcing you into retirement,
- Setting a retirement age
- Passing you up for a promotion,
- Refusing to give you a raise,
- Bullying or harassing you,
- Refusing additional training, or any other negative employment decision.
The LAD only protects you from discrimination if you are between the ages of 18 and 70. That means that any adult under 70 should have equal access to opportunities, and that decisions should be based on merit and skill whether you are 21 or 51.
If you work as a private contractor or you are self-employed, you may also be protected by the Law Against Discrimination. The LAD also makes it illegal to refuse to do business with someone because of their age, which includes contract work.
As much as these laws are meant to protect workers of all ages, there are nearly as many exceptions to the rules as there are rules. For instance, it is not employment discrimination to refuse to hire someone in situations where there is an age requirement, e.g. refusing to hire a bartender that is under 21 years old. There are also exceptions for situations where age is a bona fide requirement of the position, e.g. for an acting role.
Options for Relief for Victims of Age Discrimination
If you or a loved one has been the victim of age discrimination, you may be entitled to various forms of relief. In many cases, you must file a complaint in court to seek damages or other relief for the discrimination you suffered. Working with an experienced employment lawyer can help you file the claims, argue your case, overcome resistance, and get the compensation you deserve.
If you were denied a position because of your age, you may be entitled to receive back pay for the position. When a job refuses to hire you because of your age, it is unlikely that you would want to get a court to give you that job anyway – but you can still receive the pay you should have gotten for working that job. If you were a properly qualified candidate, but you were passed up to hire someone younger than you, you could receive back pay and other damages for the failure to hire.
If you were forced out of your job because of your age, you could recoup any of the benefits you lost. If you were forced into retirement or quit because of on-the-job harassment or mistreatment, you may have missed out on pay raises, cost of living adjustments, and benefits. If you missed the vesting of certain benefits, like pensions, stock options, or retirement packages because of age discrimination, you may be entitled to reclaim those benefits by filing a discrimination lawsuit.
Any other related damages may also be paid. This includes damages for embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress, and other damages. You could also receive compensation for your expenses in pursuing legal action, including attorney’s fees. Lastly, you may be entitled to punitive damages against your former or would-be employer.
North Jersey Age Discrimination Attorney
Facing discrimination because of something you cannot control is extremely unprofessional and undermines the hard work you put into your job. If you or a loved one suffered workplace discrimination because of your age, contact an age discrimination attorney in North Jersey today. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi represent victims of age discrimination in Essex and Bergen counties. For a free consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at 973-453-4060.