NJ Discrimination Lawyers Helping Victims of Age Discrimination in Edison, Brick, Freehold & Throughout New Jersey
Ageism is a societal problem. According to a recent American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) survey, nearly 50 percent of NYC workers age 50 and older have experienced or witnessed age discrimination in the workplace or on the job trail. In New Jersey, nearly 40 percent of workers age 40 and older have had a personal experience with age discrimination in the workplace.
The law firm of Lombardi and Lombardi is a proven advocate for workers in all types of employment discrimination litigation in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties. We have an excellent track record in employment discrimination cases including race and religious discrimination. Our firm has secured more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements in a broad range of cases, including age discrimination. Additionally, Lombardi and Lombardi attorney Scott Telson brings over 25 years of experience in employment law litigation. We handle all employment discrimination cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid if we win your case.
Both Federal Law and New Jersey Law Prohibit Employment Discrimination based on Age
Under federal law, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) makes age discrimination illegal. Employees 40 years old and older can bring claims under the federal statute.
Under state law, NJ’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) allows employees as young as 18 years old to bring age discrimination claims. The state law applies to workers between the ages of 18 and 70.
Both laws prohibit differential treatment based on an employee’s age. The federal and state statutes declare that age cannot be a factor in decisions about:
- Hiring: Employer cannot refuse to hire you because of age
- Firing: Employer cannot discharge you because of age
- Retirement: Employer also cannot force you to retire because of age
- Promotions and demotions: Employer may not use age as a reason to prevent you from applying for or getting a promotion to a higher position
- Compensation and benefits: Employer may not discriminate based on age in making decisions about employee benefits or pay levels
- Terms, conditions, or privileges of employment: Job assignments cannot be handed out to younger employees simply because the employer believes that certain work is more appropriate for young workers
State and federal laws also prohibit an employer from harassing an employee because of his or her age. You do not have to endure ageist comments or inappropriate jokes in the workplace.
State and federal laws also prohibit retaliation against an employee for raising an age discrimination complaint. Do not let the fear of reprisal or retaliation by your employer prevent you from speaking to a lawyer.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced NJ Employment Discrimination Lawyer
Age discrimination can be difficult to prove because “smoking gun” evidence rarely exists. Age discrimination often takes subtle forms, with a company slowly eliminating older workers from its workforce. You need experienced discrimination law attorneys to uncover evidence of age discrimination and to help you prove your case. Do not delay in speaking with an attorney about your age discrimination complaint. There are deadlines for filing age discrimination claims. A complaint must be filed with the NJ Division on Civil Rights within 180 days of the alleged act of discrimination.
Contact the experienced employment discrimination lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., today for a free and confidential consultation about your age discrimination case. You can call us or simply contact us online. We have offices conveniently located in Brick Township and Freehold Township, so scheduling an appointment is easy.