AGE DISCRIMINATION – Jacksonville Lawyers
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Employers who are covered by the federal Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 may not discriminate against employees on the basis of age. This law applies to employees who are at least 40 years of age or older. Although there are certain limited exceptions to the prohibition of age discrimination, employers found to have willfully violated the age discrimination law may be liable not only lost wages, but also liquidated damages in an amount equal to the economic loss. Additional remedies include emotional distress damages which are available under the Florida Civil Rights Act which also prohibits age discrimination.
Unlawful age discrimination can manifest itself in different contexts, including employers who make decisions based on stereotypical notions of the abilities of older workers, and including employees who are told that their jobs were supposedly eliminated and then replaced by new hires. Even employers who appropriately have a lay off or reduction in force may not consider age when deciding who to eliminate and who to retain. Employees who believe that they may have an age discrimination claim should consult with counsel.