In 1967, three years after Congress put in place the Civil Rights Act which prevented workplace discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, or sex, Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA of 1967 protected individuals over the age of 40, and put them on an even playing field when it comes to being hired, getting fired, and being subject to promotions, benefits, layoffs and trainings. In addition to the ADEA, most states have now passed laws making age discrimination in employment illegal. However, under the Missouri Human Rights Act, the state law only protects those between the ages of 40 and 70 -- allowing for employers to discriminate against employees over the age of [...]
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made it clear that discrimination and harassment remain unlawful and the agency has worked to guide companies and workers to navigate their rights during the pandemic. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among other health organizations, has stated that individuals over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of complications resulting from a Covid-19 infection, this does not cancel out any rights that older workers have at the workplace. Here are 4 rights that older employees should know about as they work through this international health crisis. You have the right to go to work You cannot be banned from the workplace due to your age or excluded from [...]
Has your work turned into a hostile environment? Do you feel targeted due to your age? Do you believe that you are being harassed by your employer or other employees because you are older? Age discrimination can be found in a variety of industries and environments. Baldwin & Vernon is here to ensure that you stay informed, and when needed, is ready to protect your rights as a worker. What is age discrimination? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits age-based discrimination against people who are 40 years or older. When can age discrimination occur? Age discrimination can take place in any aspects of employment such as hiring, firing, wage or [...]
Workers can be discriminated against for a number of reasons by their employer. At Baldwin & Vernon, we've represented people who have been the victim of discrimination based on their gender, a pregnancy, age, disability, and race.
What are civil rights and how are we protected at our jobs from unlawful discrimination? Most laws that regulate civil rights originate at the federal level and include the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Fair Housing Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among others. When it comes to the workplace, it’s imperative to know the ropes of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This law forbids employers (with 15 or more employees) from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, religion (belief, observance and practice) or national origin. The term “sex” also refers to pregnancy, childbirth and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. This protection not only defends employees at their place [...]
What is age discrimination? In the workplace, age discrimination “involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age.” The ADEA, or Age Discrimination in Employment Act, prohibits age discrimination against applicants or employees aged 40 or older. This does not mean that the discriminator has to be under age 40; on the contrary, discrimination can still happen when both parties are over the age of 40. The ADEA covers employers with 20+ employees, state, local, and federal governments and government agencies, employment agencies, and labor organizations. What parts of the employment process are protected? The ADEA protects the following parts of employment and the employment process: Job Notices and Advertisements: it is generally unlawful [...]
Age discrimination occurs any time you experience unfair treatment based on your age and not your skills or merit. Age discrimination is also illegal. Federally, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects people 40 and older. And yes, discrimination can happen even if both parties are 40 or older. It’s important to know, however, that the ADEA applies to employers who have 20+ employees. This includes federal, state, and local governments, as well as labor organizations and employment agencies. The States of Kansas and Missouri have their own discrimination laws, specifically the Kansas Act Against Discrimination and the Missouri Human Rights Act. Age discrimination lawsuits are typically only brought against these state laws when the case is against an [...]