Most people are aware that women face workplace discrimination as a result of pregnancy and motherhood. Even though there are federal laws in place protecting pregnant women and their jobs, employers are often eager to force new or expectant mothers out of their companies.
Age discrimination, commonly referred to as ageism, is when an employer bases their decision to hire, fire, promote or offer lower wages to someone based on their age. This affects not only the older generations but the younger ones as well.
Hiring a good attorney can be expensive. In fact, the high cost of litigation can make you believe that your case isn't worth it. However, if you faced gender discrimination at work and you win your case, you may not need to pay attorney's fees.
An administrative assistant working at the corporate offices of a prominent New York City food store settled her age discrimination and harassment case on the eve of trial. The terms of the settlement, which were to remain confidential, paid the plaintiff one and one half times her salary. Plaintiff was 66 years of age. Although she had received numerous above satisfactory evaluations and raises, new Management made negative comments about Plaintiff concerning her work, attitude and "failure to take on additional responsibilities". These comments were false and were pre-textual for bias and prejudice towards older workers.
In New York City, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity or gender expression. When developing workplace policies, choosing to hire, fire, promote or demote, employers are not allowed to consider an employee's gender or gender identity.