Hire Dedicated Age Discrimination Lawyers to Defend Your Rights

Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employees or applicants over the age of 40 are protected against age discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination can impact numerous aspects of employment, from hiring and firing to pay and benefits. 

If you believe you have been treated unfairly in the workplace due to your age, the age discrimination lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help you hold responsible parties accountable for illegal business practices. To learn more about seeking compensation for employment discrimination, contact our office online or call us in Daytona, FL, at (386) 258-7313, in DeLand at (386) 222-0299, or in Palm Coast, FL, at (386) 439-7760 today. 

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The ADEA holds businesses accountable for hiring, firing, or maintaining benefits based off of age-related discrimination. 

Federal Protections for Older Employees

The ADEA is a federal law that specifically protects individuals aged 40 and over. This law targets discriminatory behavior in all areas of employment, including:

  • Benefits
  • Job assignments
  • Training
  • Pay
  • Layoffs
  • Promotions
  • Hiring
  • Firing 

For example, if you were fired because your company wants to hire younger employees willing to work for less money or if an employer refused to hire you because they wanted a younger-looking individual to do the job, you may be able to pursue an age discrimination lawsuit. 

Age-Related Harassment

The ADEA also guards against harassment in the workplace. While casual joking is not considered illegal, harassment may involve offensive or derogatory remarks about your age. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment includes any actions that are frequent and severe enough to create a hostile or offensive workplace. 

Benefits Protection

The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 (OWBPA) amended the ADEA to provide additional protections and prevent employers from denying benefits to older employees. Under this act, it is illegal for an employer to fire you to avoid paying your pension or because your benefits are too costly.

At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, our employment discrimination attorneys can work with you to...collect the maximum level of compensation. 

However, your employer is only required to follow the “equal benefits or equal cost” rule. If the company elects to pay a flat fee for monthly premiums for all workers, this policy does not violate the OWBPA, even if it results in lesser benefits for older workers than younger ones. 

Seeking Remedial Actions

In age discrimination cases, there are a variety of compensatory or remedial actions an employer may face if the court rules in your favor. You may be able to recover:

  • Back pay
  • Promotion
  • Reinstatement
  • Hiring
  • Front pay
  • Attorney fees
  • Court costs

In addition, if the company willfully violated the ADEA, you may be eligible for liquidated damages up to twice the amount of back pay. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, our employment discrimination attorneys can work with you to build a case and collect the maximum level of compensation possible. 

Protect Your Rights

Under federal law, you are entitled to equal treatment regardless of your age. If you are over 40 years old and have been subject to unfair business policies, you may have a case for an age discrimination lawsuit. Call our office in Daytona, FL at (386) 258-7313, in DeLand at (386) 222-0299, or in Palm Coast at (386) 439-7760 or contact us online today to learn more about our employment law services.

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Chanfrau & Chanfrau

Chanfrau & Chanfrau has been serving Floridians in Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas since 1976. With three attorneys and two locations, we have the resources to help you after an accident or injury. We are proud of our many achievements, including inclusion in:

  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • The National Trial Attorneys Top 100 List
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite

For more information about our legal services, contact our firm online or call (386) 258-7313 today.

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