Age discrimination is an often-overlooked issue in the workplace. As such, there are a lot of older workers out there whose rights have been infringed upon, causing significant harm to their career, their finances, and even their reputation. This is unacceptable, which is why if you think that you’ve been discriminated against or wrongfully terminated based in your age, then you might want to consider legal action.
One woman’s fight for what’s right
One woman did just that recently, filing a lawsuit against communications giant AT&T. The woman, who worked for the company for 16 years, was let go for what she claims to be age discrimination. According to the complaint, AT&T hid the discrimination by announcing layoffs of “surplus” employees who didn’t work at locations that had been identified as AT&T hubs. The lawsuit alleges that this tactic was a strategic maneuver to get rid of older employees in favor of younger ones. This is despite the alleged fact that location had no bearing in the work performed. The woman pursuing the claim is 48.
The lawsuit doesn’t end there, though. The woman also claims that AT&T illegally had her sign a waiver whereby she forfeited her right to pursue an age discrimination legal action. She claims that she was not fully informed of the ramifications of the waiver and it should therefore be deemed unenforceable.
Implications for you
If nothing else, this case highlights that age discrimination is real and actionable. So, if you feel like you’ve been subjected to a negative employment decision because of your age, or your employer’s policies disproportionately affect older workers, then you might want to think about whether legal action is justified. In order to succeed on one of these claims you’ll need to present evidence that proves certain legal elements as well as show your damages, both of which can be challenging to do. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to face these matters on your own. On the contrary, a skilled legal advocate can help advise and guide you through the process while aggressively fighting to protect your rights.