Kansas City Age Discrimination Attorney
Age Discrimination in Missouri
Employees, and those seeking employment, have the right to be free of discriminatory practices.
This includes making employment decisions based on the age of the applicant or employee. Unfortunately, age discrimination is more common in a workplace than anyone wants to acknowledge. You have specific rights under the Missouri Human Rights Act and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
If you believe that you have become a victim of age discrimination in Missouri, we highly encourage you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
Who Is Protected From Age Discrimination?
Under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, anyone age 40 and over cannot be discriminated against in the workplace or when being considered for a position.
In Missouri, however, the protected age range is 40-69. Once you turn 70, you are not protected from age discrimination under Missouri’s anti-discrimination statutes.
It is important to know that the law considers your age at the time the discrimination occurred, not your age when you decided to bring legal action. So an employee who is fired due to age discrimination one month before his 70th birthday is protected under Missouri law because he was still 69 when the discrimination happened.
What Is Considered Age Discrimination?
Missouri age discrimination can happen in many ways. It has been our experience; however, that age discrimination usually falls within one of the following scenarios:
- Employee is changed to a different position or let-go from the company because they wanted someone with “more energy” or “computer savvy” (code words for “young”)
- Employee is refused a promotion based on age
- Applicant is refused a position based on age
- Employee is segregated from other employees because of the age difference
- Benefits and wages offered to a person 40 and over are different than those who are younger for the same position – this includes the higher cost for benefits and lower pay
- You were let go from your position so that the employer can bring In younger people at lesser pay
- Your position was changed so that the company can bring in “fresh blood.”
- When lay-offs happen, only the older employees are laid off
- Management or co-workers make disparaging remarks related to age
Of course, other incidents can happen that are age-related discrimination. If you feel that actions taken against you were based on your age, you are encouraged to speak with age discrimination attorneys in Kansas City. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.
Overview of Missouri Age Discrimination Law
Age discrimination is against state and federal laws. If an employer has acted in a manner that causes discrimination based on age, they are in violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. They are also in violation of the regulations of the Equal Opportunity Employment guidelines. In some cases, the actions may even violate Civil Rights.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against by an employer that you currently work for or have been overlooked for a job due to your age, you need to act quickly. Most of the regulations concerning age discrimination have a very short time frame where you can legally make a claim against the employer.
How to Avoid Age Discrimination In The Workplace
Employers can create a discrimination-free workplace and avoid even the assumption of discrimination taking place by using the following tips:
- Set a standard for hiring employees and follow those standards at all times. These standards should not include any discriminatory actions, including those against age, race, gender, or religious belief.
- Set guidelines for work performance evaluations and pay raise rates. These should be followed by all employees.
- Take steps to ensure that all employees are not acting in a discriminatory manner. If an employee is, or perceived to be acting in this way, make sure appropriate actions are taken immediately.
The best way to fight discrimination is to actively prevent ways for it to happen within the workplace. A workplace that is free from discriminatory actions is one where employees, and the business, will thrive.
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What to do When Age Discrimination Happens
Age discrimination Missouri is an awful thing for anyone to experience. Employees who dedicate years of service and sacrifice to a company’s mission ought to be valued and rewarded. They bring vast experience and knowledge to the job, and take their work seriously. Unfortunately, we all too often see older workers nearing the end of their careers cast out like yesterday’s garbage, all in the name of saving a buck or changing the “culture” of an organization.
Age discrimination is something that should be taken very seriously by employers and employees. Business practices should be in place that prevents any discrimination.
If age discrimination or any other type of discrimination occurs in the workplace, employers should be held accountable. Discrimination hurts people emotionally and financially. Discrimination can also create a very hostile work environment that is dangerous to all involved.
If you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your age, it is time to take action. We understand that many people are wary about standing up for their rights when they are being discriminated against by an employer. Many people quietly accept discriminatory acts because they are afraid of retaliation. Others may even feel embarrassed by the entire situation and not want to talk to anyone about what happened.
But justice cannot be served when a person does not speak up about the discriminatory actions of an employer. The same laws that protect workers from discrimination also protect them from retaliation for opposing discrimination. Many times, when a case is brought up against an employer, other employees will also stand up because they feel empowered by the case.
We understand that you are experiencing a range of feelings about discrimination. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed, frustrated or mad, or even betrayed. We are here to help, and we will be with you every step of the way.
The only way to help stop or prevent discrimination is to take aggressive action against it when it happens. Businesses and their employees must be made to understand that acting in a discriminatory manner is not accepted on a professional or social level. They must also understand when this unacceptable behavior happens justice must be served.
An illegal termination can ruin your career and finances. Our Kansas City wrongful termination lawyer holds employers accountable for illegal firings.
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Men and women must be treated equally in the workplace. If you are being held to a different standard than the opposite sex, you should speak with a Kansas City gender discrimination attorney.
Race and skin color should be non-factors in any employment decisions. If your employer allows race discrimination in the workplace, a Kansas City discrimination lawyer can set things right.
Age discrimination is against the law in Missouri. Don’t let false stereotypes and ageist beliefs cut your career short. Talk to a Kansas City employment discrimination lawyer.
Missouri employment laws prohibit retaliation for speaking up about discrimination and harassment. If you experienced this kind of behavior, speak to a Kansas City retaliation lawyer.
You should not be punished for reporting illegal behavior or activity. It is the right thing to do. If you were punished reporting wrongdoing, let a Kansas City whistleblower lawyer help.
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Injured workers shouldn’t lose their job because they reported a work injury. If you need someone to back you up, call a Kansas City worker’s compensation retaliation lawyer.
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28A Westwoods Dr
Liberty, MO 64068
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The Law Office of Kevin A. Jones is located in Liberty, MO and represents clients in personal injury and employment law cases throughout the Kansas City metro area, including Liberty, Gladstone, Smithville, Kearney, Excelsior Springs, Riverside, Trimble, Platte City, Parkville, North Kansas City, Independence, Raytown, Blue Springs, and Lee's Summit.