Age discrimination in the workplace is illegal. In Washington, workers have a right to a workplace free of discrimination based on membership in a “protected class,” which includes age. The state and federal age discrimination statutes generally protect employees who are 40 years of age or older from discrimination with respect to hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments and training. The law also protects you from retaliation if you report unlawful discrimination – either directed at you or at someone else.
Companies wrongly assume that older workers are less productive, more expensive, or “out of touch” with new technologies. Too often, these mistaken ideas lead to illegal decisions that single out older workers for unfair treatment. At Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, we fight for workers’ rights, and we hold companies and government agencies accountable when they violate the law. We may be able to help you recover your lost wages and benefits as well as compensation for discriminatory treatment.
When to file
You have a limited time to protect your legal claims; failure to take action within a certain period of time (depending on the claim and where you work) may bar you from ever filing your case in court. SGB can help you determine the relevant filing deadlines for your case. Learn more about filing a discrimination claim.
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