Civil Rights and Discrimination

In 1967, the US Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The law was enacted to provide employment protections to workers over the age of 40 who work for an employer with more than 20 employees. The ADEA bans discrimination due to age at all employment levels. This includes recruitment, hiring and the entire employment relationship up to and including layoffs or terminations.

Workers look for employment later in life for a variety of reasons. They may have been laid off or terminated from prior employment. They may have decided that a career change was the next step in their life. They may need a second job to help with finances. Regardless of the reason, hiring an employee should be based on their qualifications and experience for the job they want.

Age discrimination can come in many forms. At a certain age, a worker may want to retire but be forced out of their job by an employer who wants to hire and train younger employees. When hiring new workers, employers realize that with more experience, potential employees should be paid a higher wage. However, a younger and less experienced worker can be paid a lower salary, thereby saving money for the employer. If you are a woman, you may be discriminated against if you don’t fit the image the employer wants to project because you are not young and attractive enough.

Unfortunately, employers are sometimes able to get away with discriminating against older employees due to a lack of evidence or proof. An attorney can initiate a lawsuit when the circumstances surrounding an incident are unreasonable and unfair. If an older employee loses their pension or cannot retire due to a lack of funds after many years at their place of employment, an attorney that specializes in civil rights litigation is necessary to help an individual obtain justice and compensation for unfair and discriminatory practices.

If you need a skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney by your side because you have been discriminated against unfairly by an employer, or potential employer, call the law firm of Michael Peter Rubas at 732-820-4332 or 201-448-9866 or email We know what to do.