Our Chicago Employment Attorney Will Fight Against Age Discrimination

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While racial discrimination or disability discrimination may come to mind for many people when they think of workplace discrimination, another form also persists in American society: age discrimination. Although Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 to protect employees ages 40 and up, many older adults continue to find themselves the victim of age discrimination and do not know what legal options they have for combating it. Employees can turn to experienced Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham for help standing up to this form of discrimination. Committed to protecting the rights of employees from the South Side to Millennium Park, from the West Side to Soldier Field, and from Lincoln Park to the Loop, Jemelle empowers individuals to defend their rights under state and federal employment laws.

Examples of Age Discrimination and Age-Based Harassment

Federal law prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s age in all aspects of employment—hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Some age discrimination examples include being:

  • Forced into early retirement
  • Denied promotions, benefits or raises because of one’s age
  • Denied a job because of one’s age and despite relevant qualifications

Age discrimination may also involve age-based harassment, such as when an employer or co-worker:

  • Makes age-biased comments
  • Displays offensive cartoons, drawings or symbols related to age
  • Uses offensive gestures regarding one’s age
  • Engages in unwelcome verbal or physical contact based on an individual’s age

An employer cannot retaliate against an employee for making an age discrimination complaint. Retaliation includes such actions as demotion, termination, and denial or revocation of benefits, raises, or promotions. Employees experiencing age discrimination, age-based harassment or employer retaliation will find Chicago employment lawyer Jemelle Cunningham to be both compassionate and aggressive, an advocate for employee rights who never backs down in the courtroom. Jemelle believes all employees have the right to work in a safe and just environment, and she fights hard to ensure that right is protected.

Do not think you must silently suffer age discrimination. If you have been discriminated against because of your age, take the first step toward speaking out against the injustice.