Pittsburgh Age Discrimination Lawyer
In 1967, Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). This Act is designed to prevent employers from using age as a way of limiting opportunities for employees who are 40 years of age or older. At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we provide experienced representation for both employers and employees involving the ADEA.
If you are being discriminated against because of your age or you have been accused of discriminating against your employees because of their age, we can help. Contact a Pittsburgh age discrimination attorney online or call (412) 391-3030 to schedule a consultation.
Age Discrimination in the Workplace
The ADEA, as well as Pennsylvania law, only provides discrimination protection for those who are 40 or older. If you are under the age of 40, you cannot file a claim under the ADEA, although you may have other options if you are experiencing workplace discrimination. ADEA violations can take many forms and may occur in situations where:
- Younger employees are being hired or older employees are passed over for promotion
- Better paid older employees are being laid off before less expensive younger employees
- Older employees are denied job skills training
- Older employees are being paid less than younger employees
- Older employees have experienced a loss of fringe benefits
This type of discrimination can be difficult to prove. Although it is rare that an employer will tell an employee that he or she was being terminated because of age, the ADEA allows an employee to prove that an employer is using certain criteria as a pretext to discriminate against older employees. Our dedicated West Pennsylvania employment law attorney, Melvin Vatz, has approximately 40 years of experience and is skilled at handling complex matters under the ADEA.
Make Sure Your Rights Are Protected
ADEA violations are serious and can result in significant financial consequences for the offending employer. Victims of discrimination may be entitled to numerous remedies including back pay, future pay, payment for loss of benefits or pension, and attorney’s fees. In some cases, a successful claimant may be able to receive double damages and noneconomic damages.
If you are an employee who has experienced discrimination, retaliation or wrongful termination based on your age, you do not have to accept it as a part of growing older. If you are an employer who has been falsely accused of ADEA violations, you cannot afford to have inexperienced counsel handle your case. At our Pittsburgh law firm , we have the skill and knowledge to effectively protect your rights in court.