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Age Discrimination

Protecting Older Workers against Discrimination

Dakota County CourthouseEmployers may not, in most instances legally discriminate against an employee because of their age. Although most employees 18 years of age or older are protected from discrimination on the basis of age in Minnesota, the most common cases involve those who are 40 years of age or above.

At the Warner Law Office , we represent discriminated employees in claims made under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Contact Warner Law Office if you were fired, denied a job or promotion because of your age.

Age Discrimination Claim

As is true with any employment discrimination or sexual harassment claim, an age discrimination claim must be filed in a timely manner to be heard by the courts. There are short statutes of limitation that make it wise for you to consult with legal counsel right away if you suspect that you might have an age discrimination lawsuit. Before you file an age discrimination lawsuit, it is generally advisable to file a charge of unlawful discrimination with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Minnesota Human Rights Department (MHRD). These agencies can investigate your charge and if your charge has merit, they can make a finding of probable or reasonable cause and issue notice of right-to-sue letter. Upon receipt of the letter, the law gives you again a short time period in which to file a lawsuit. You must actually file the lawsuit in court within this short window of time or your claim could be forever barred.

To prove that your employer discriminated against you because of age, you must usually demonstrate that the following have occurred:

  • You are a member of a protected class (generally considered to be 40 or above);
  • You were qualified for the job;
  • You suffered an adverse employment action; and
  • The employer's explanation of why it took the action is unworthy of belief and the employer was more likely than not motivated by your age

If you believe that you have been the victim of age discrimination, contact the Warner Law Office for a free initial consultation about a lost job or denied promotion. Our firm represents discriminated workers throughout Minnesota, including people in the Twin Cities metro area.

Warner Law Office, P.A.
Blackberry Office Park
5774 Blackshire Path
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Phone: 651-455-0444
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