Rutgers University is facing a lawsuit following a report of age discrimination against a 95-year-old professor. The professor, part of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, claims that a Rutgers University dean forced an unnecessary medical leave after he fainted from dehydration. Two physicians backed up his claim that the fall was due to dehydration. Similarly, the victim stated that modifying his medication would prevent future incidents from happening, making the medical leave purposeless.
According to evidence, Rutgers University asked the victim if he could complete a fitness evaluation to determine his ability to work. According to Rutgers, this request followed a similar incident. However, the letter for the request also stated that the victim would face termination if he failed to do the evaluation.
The Rutgers University dean claims that this incident is just one of many that indicates that the professor is no longer fit for the job. According to the dean, the professor sustained a fall and failed to use the lavatory correctly. However, the victim claimed that the lavatory incidents were due to difficulties with the handicap lock. Ultimately, the victim claims that Rutgers University and its dean are discriminating against him. This is further proven by the fact that his job description does not include any physical requirements.
Age Discrimination in the Workplace
It is illegal for an employer to force an employee to retire at a certain age, except for a few exceptions. It is also illegal for employers to fire or refuse to hire an individual because of their age, especially if they are 40 years old or older. If an employer tries to place any condition on an individual’s employment because of their age, they are liable for age discrimination in the workplace.
Unfortunately, many believe that as an individual gets older, their work abilities suffer. Not only is this untrue, but this notion leads to many unnecessary firings of older workers. Therefore, it is important for victims of age discrimination to file a claim against their employer. To file a claim, a victim should first go to their employer. If the problem is not handled, then the victim should immediately seek a lawyer and file an EEOC complaint. The EEOC then decides how to handle the situation and if the organization must face legal action.
Cherry Hill Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Advocate for Victims of Work-Related Age Discrimination
If you are being discriminated at work because of your age, you need to contact one of our Cherry Hill employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. today. Our lawyers hold responsible parties accountable and help clients obtain entitled compensation. If you are interested in consulting with one of our employment lawyers, contact us online or call us at 215-569-1999 for a free consultation. Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Marlton, Moorestown, and Mount Laurel.