Employment Litigation Lawyer
An employment litigation lawyer has heard this situation many times: You work hard at your job doing your best to meet your employer’s expectations. You receive outstanding performance evaluations. You have been loyal to the company for years, taking on greater responsibilities each and every year. A promotion becomes available. This is a job you have wanted for years, and you believe with all of your heart that this is now your opportunity. You interview for that job and feel good about your chances.
What could go WRONG:
You are not selected for the job and come to learn that the person selected is significantly less qualified than you are to perform that job. Why weren’t you selected?
At the time that you are not selected, the company offers a reason for your non-selection. That reason proves to be false based on your inquiries and additional information that you have.
Months later, you learn of another reason offered for your non-selection after you file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In response to your charge, the employer offers another reason for your non-selection and, noticeably absent, is the first reason offered.
You suspect that the employer’s reasons offered for your non-selection are a pretext – or cover-up – for gender discrimination. (You can substitute any protected basis for gender here, such as race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and so on, as this scenario applies equally to all forms of discrimination.) So, what should you do?
The RIGHT CHOICE:
Since my early days in law practice working as a trial lawyer in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, I have investigated and prosecuted many claims of discrimination based on protected bases, including race, gender, national origin, religion, disability, and others. These claims involving, hiring, treatment on the job, promotions, the work environment, and other terms and conditions of employment. Such claims are difficult to prove and are labor-intensive. There is usually no “smoking gun” evidence that clearly proves that an employer harbors prejudice or discriminates.
The Right Choice begins with a detailed investigation into the facts. This includes interviewing lower-level, non-managerial employees who observe and hear what goes on in the workplace. Seemingly irrelevant evidence may become more important. I frequently say to clients, “Specificity breeds truth.” The more details about what happened from various sources who can corroborate the facts, the better. The more information from persons who contradict or call into question the credibility of adverse witnesses, the better.
These strategies, among others, go a long way toward creating leverage that can make a positive resolution possible. To learn more from an experienced Employment Litigation Lawyer Washington, DC trusts, don’t wait to talk with us at Eric Siegel Law.
Fighting Age Discrimination
As an employment litigation lawyer can explain, under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1975, discrimination based on age is a prohibited act for most employers, according to the Department of Labor. The ADEA applies to people of all ages, meaning that it is unlawful for both a 30-year-old as well as a 70-year-old to discriminate against applicants and employees based on their age.
However, the Act only provides protections for certain employees over the age of 40. It protects against discrimination during hiring and firing, terms of employment, compensation, conditions, and privileges of employment, promotion, and any other employment decision. Harassment based on age is also prohibited. The ADEA was enacted to cover some issues that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 failed to address.
What Is the Purpose of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?
Congressional statements as to the purpose of the ADEA, based on the findings of research, include the following, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):
- Due to increasing productivity and affluence, it is harder for older workers to retain employment and regain employment after being terminated or losing their job.
- Employer-set age limits for employees are set arbitrarily and have no bearing on job performance. These practices have become commonplace, and work to disadvantage older workers.
- Employment problems are growing for older people, whose numbers are constantly increasing. Compared to younger workers, older workers have higher rates of joblessness and unemployment, which hurts morale and deteriorates skill and employer acceptability.
- The arbitrary discrimination based on age burdens commerce and its free flow of goods.
Due to the above findings, Congress decided that the purpose of the ADEA is to accomplish the following:
- To promote the employment of older workers not based on their age, but on their ability
- To prohibit arbitrary age discrimination in employment
- To help both employers and employees confront problems based on the impact of age on employment
Who Does the ADEA Apply To?
A seasoned employment litigation lawyer knows the ADEA applies to employers who have 20 or more regularly employed employees. For example, it does not apply to a small mom-and-pop coffee shop that has four employees, and it does not apply to a farmer that only employees 20 or more people for a short period of time in the summer or fall during picking or harvesting. The ADEA, after being amended, also prohibited the vast majority of mandatory retirements, such as professors and most businesspeople. It does not apply to high-level CEOs and does not apply to positions in the military, law enforcement, and firefighting
Contact Our Firm Today
If you believe you have been a victim of employer age discrimination – or any other type of employer discrimination – you need a seasoned employment litigation lawyer to find out what legal recourse you may have. Call Eric Siegel Law to speak with an employment litigation lawyer and find out how we can help.