Baby boomers are a growing population in South Florida and in other parts of the nation. Unlike previous generations, we will not, as the poet Dylan Thomas said, "go gentle into that good night" when an employer tries to push us out the door. Many of us will "rage, rage against the dying of the light" — and fight back.
At The Amlong Firm in Fort Lauderdale, we understand that many employers discriminate against employees because of their age. Fortunately, our attorneys are aggressive advocates who are here to help when you are a victim of age discrimination, including cases of wrongful termination and failure to promote based on age.
We will do everything possible, including going to trial, to help ensure that your rights are protected should your boss engage in age discrimination. After all, we pride ourselves on being experienced, effective litigators. Call our office today at 954-519-2235 and schedule a consultation. You can also reach us online.
Age Discrimination Is About Costs, Not Competence
Age discrimination has roots in one of the most deeply held stereotypes in the workplace. Many employers believe that workers become less competent as they get older. In practice, age discrimination has little to do with competence and much to do with costs. Age discrimination is a convenient way for employers to terminate employees whose salaries and benefit costs are higher than those of younger employees. As companies downsize and outsource, older workers in their 40s, 50s and 60s are the ones who are most likely to be laid off when there is a reduction in the workforce.
Many people in their 50s and 60s now were activists in college and have a heightened awareness of their rights. These boomers are not going to put up with being marginalized or discriminated against at work based on stereotypes about age. We stopped the Vietnam War; what would make anyone think we are not going to stop age discrimination?
Forms Of Age Discrimination
Age discrimination can take many forms, ranging from termination to simple harassment. For instance, employers often make incredibly insensitive remarks toward older workers. People who would never call a black person "boy" call an older man "gramps." They also say things such as "Why are you working this hard at your age?" or "Shouldn't you think about retirement?" As lawyers with a passion for trying employment law cases, we love evidence like this.
Courts and juries are increasingly sympathetic to age discrimination claims. Only half the world is of a certain gender, and much smaller percentages belong to particular racial, ethnic or religious categories. Everyone, however, gets older. Almost every potential juror knows someone who has been laid off just because he or she is over the age of 50.