South Jersey Employment Lawyers
Age Discrimination in New Jersey
Older, more experienced individuals who are seeking employment may find themselves discouraged by numerous postings stating that employers are looking for recent graduates or employees who have worked under a number of years in the field. While some of these postings may be relevant to the position itself, many more are simply thinly-veiled attempts to discourage older individuals from applying, as many employers see older employees as a liability.
South Jersey employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. would like to affirm that the practices of denying employment, hiring, and demoting based on age are inherently discriminatory and should be put to a stop.
Age Discrimination in the Workplace Persists
As society changes, discrimination based on race and religion is becoming easier to detect. Social progress and a more discerning look at employee rights in America has helped both minorities and women to flourish in the workplace; however, despite this progress, instances of discrimination based on age persist. While The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports the that number of age discrimination cases has dropped from 24,582 to 20,588, a survey conducted by The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) states that 77 percent of Americans between age 45 and 54 say employees face age discrimination.
For Older Americans, Working is a Necessity
While the future of Social Security and Universal healthcare in America are hotly debated topics, the reality is that many older Americans must work. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see individuals well past the age of retirement taking low-paying jobs simply for the health plans that are included in them.
There is Protection Against Age Discrimination
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects individuals from age discrimination in the workplace. The ADEA protects individuals over the age of 40 from discrimination, but individual states have enacted their own laws that protect younger workers, with New Jersey being one of them. The ADEA is clear and concise on what employers cannot do in the workplace and bans age discrimination based on:
- Job assignments
- Fringe benefits
When age discrimination occurs in New Jersey, victims can cite both ADEA and state laws in making an effective case.
Why Age Discrimination Cannot Go Unpunished
While it may not be as malicious as race discrimination or sexual harassment, age discrimination is no less harmful, seeing as it bars an entire demographic from employment and the health benefits therein. Those who are victims of age discrimination should find legal counsel as soon as possible not only to right a wrong, but to put their own life back on track as well.
South Jersey Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Advocate for Those Affected by Discrimination in New Jersey
If you or someone you love believes they have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, you are urged to contact Sidney L. Gold & Associates. For over 30 years, our South Jersey employment lawyers have advocated for the rights of workers in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area. Call us at 215-569-1999 our contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our highly qualified and resolute lawyers.
Our employment lawyers have helped workers throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County and Salem County.