Gurnee Age Discrimination Lawyer
Age discrimination laws make it illegal for an employer to discriminate on the basis of an employee’s or prospective employee’s age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) law prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from discriminating against employees who are 40 or older based on their age. This includes any discriminatory employment decisions, including hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, compensation, job training, or other conditions of employment. The Illinois Human Rights Act and various municipal ordinances also prohibit age discrimination.
Despite laws prohibiting employment discrimination, age discrimination claims seem to be on the rise and, according to Forbes, age discrimination claims make up a growing number of complaints filed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In fact, between 1997 and 2007, there were between 16,000 and 19,000 annual filings, but since 2008, the number of age discrimination complaints has increased to between 23,000 and 25,000 a year.
If you believe that you were the victim of age discrimination, do not delay. There are time limitations on your right to bring legal action for this illegal practice. Libertyville age discrimination attorney William J. Provenzano is dedicated to protecting the rights of clients who are the victim of age discrimination. Contact our office today at (847) 816-6588 to schedule a consultation with our Libertyville age discrimination lawyer.
What to Do If You Suspect Age Discrimination
If you believe that you were fired, not hired, or otherwise unfairly treated in the workplace on the basis of your age, there are several things that you should do:
- Contact an employee rights attorney. Lake County age discrimination lawyer William J. Provenzano focuses on representing clients in employment discrimination claims. Our employment lawyer will listen to your concerns, advise you of your rights, and advocate on your behalf.
- Ask your employment discrimination lawyer about applicable employment discrimination laws in your jurisdiction. In addition to federal employment laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, age, disability, gender/sex, national origin, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs, most states have anti-discrimination laws. Moreover, each jurisdiction will have its own procedures and applicable time frames for filing discrimination claims and complaints. Employment lawyer William J. Provenzano is well-versed in the laws and procedural requirements throughout Illinois.
- Have an employment lawyer review your severance agreement or other employment documents. Severance agreements often include waivers of any legal claims – including employment discrimination claims – so you should not sign a severance agreement without first contacting an employment lawyer. Moreover, severance agreements typically contain a relatively short period of time to consider whether or not to accept its terms, so you should contact a Lake County age discrimination lawyer as soon as possible.
- Create and maintain a written record of any evidence of age discrimination.
- It is often possible to negotiate an improvement in the employer’s initial severance pay offer without filing a charge.
- If you and your attorney believe that you have a valid case, it may be appropriate to promptly file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Contact the Libertyville law firm of William J. Provenzano & Associates today at (847) 816-6588 to discuss your case.