Kansas City Age Discrimination Attorney
As you get older, you may have found yourself a little wiser, a little more experienced, and hopefully, a little better at your career. Unfortunately, some employers in Kansas City and throughout Missouri see age as a “negative” attribute; in fact, some employers make hiring, promoting, benefits, and job termination decisions based on the employee’s age, and this is 100% illegal.
Under the Missouri Human Rights Act, employees aged between 40 and 70 are protected from employment discrimination based on the individual’s age. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been a victim of age discrimination, you can seek help and pursue justice by contacting the Kansas City age discrimination attorneys at Popham Law.
At Popham Law, we boast decades of experience helping Kansas City residents with their employment law issues and employment discrimination. We have a wide network of resources and industry-leading litigation strategies to help give your claims a strong voice, and our goal is to hold the responsible individual(s) accountable and achieve justice for you.
Age Discrimination as a Federal and State Law
In addition to Missouri’s own laws, the federal government has the Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1967 (also known as the “ADEA”) to protect employees from age discrimination. For both the Missouri Human Rights Act and ADEA, employees are protected in relation to hiring, firing, promotion and other conditions of employment.
This means that an employer or prospective employer cannot:
- Refuse to hire you based solely on your age
- Refuse to give you that promotion because of your age
- Terminate your job based on your age
- Force certain conditions of employment upon you based on your age
- Limit, segregate, or classify employees based on their age
Examples of Age Discrimination
Age discrimination is often subtle and it can be difficult to know whether or not your employer is making decisions based solely on your age or due to other factors. Nonetheless, some instances of age discrimination are very obvious. Some examples of potential age discrimination could include:
- You didn’t get hired because the employer wanted a younger-looking person
- You received a negative job application because you weren’t flexible enough for new projects
- You were fired because your employer wanted more younger employers who he/she can pay less
- You weren’t given the promotion because the employer said the company needs “new blood”
- During company lay-offs, only the older employers were laid off while the more inexperienced younger employees kept their jobs
- Before losing your job, your employer was making remarks about your age, saying that you were “ancient” or “over the hill.”
Of course, there are many other ways that age discrimination can manifest, and in some cases, it’s essential to speak with an experienced employment discrimination attorney to know whether or not illegal action occured.
Contact Popham Law for Your Discrimination Case
Although we at Popham Law have successfully represented numerous clients in their employment discrimination cases, many of these cases are quite complex. Especially with age discrimination, one of our principal goals is to secure clear and effective evidence that proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that age discrimination occurred.
By contacting our attorneys, we’ll devote extensive time and resources into building a strong case, and we’re prepared to follow the case all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court, if necessary. No matter the unique details of the case, we’ll always work with you, one-on-one, to make sure that your interests stand at the forefront of our litigation strategy.
For a free, no-obligation consultation with our employment law attorneys, call our Kansas City law office today at (816) 221-2288 or toll-free at (844) 243-2288.