The Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act protect workers over 40 from age discrimination in the workplace. Some employers may consider you or your work to be outdated or irrelevant because of your age. Many times employers will blame this on “lack of performance” when they are actually very opposed to older workers. Some employers have also been known to terminate older workers because their “image” does not fit the company brand. In other cases, some employers are specifically against younger workers. No matter what the situation is, any kind of discrimination
should not be tolerated.
Examples of Age Discrimination
You may have a claim for age discrimination if:
- Your workplace features offensive remarks about someone’s age such as calling an employee “grandpa,” or asking when they intend to retire;
- Older workers get less favorable treatment than younger workers with the same job such as harder work assignments or less lucrative sales territories;
- Older workers are held to different performance or conduct standards than younger workers;
Harassment about someone’s age is illegal when it is so frequent or serious that it creates a hostile work environment or when it results in a tangible employment decision, like being demoted, disciplined, or terminated. This should not be tolerated.
Kansas City Age Discrimination Lawyer
Our office has handled dozens of age discrimination cases at the EEOC and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights through court proceedings. Sometimes we can resolve age discrimination cases with a simple letter, but we are always prepared to represent our clients through every stage of litigation to and including trial.
If you think you have been discriminated against because of your age, contact us
for a free consultation. You can reach our offices in Overland Park and Kansas City by calling 913-322-3528