Age discrimination in Toledo and other areas of Ohio can be a very subtle form of discrimination and is often harder to prove than any other form of discrimination. It may subtly be at work in hiring and firing; in layoffs and reductions in force; in promotions and job assignments; and in compensation, training, and benefits. It may take the form of retaliation for reporting offenses. Age discrimination is not limited to the private sector. Federal, state, and municipal employees who have experienced age discrimination, whether by wrongful termination, lay-offs, or lost promotions and opportunities, may also be able to recover their losses.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, also known as ADEA, and the Ohio Civil Rights Act prohibit discrimination against any person who is 40 years of age or older. Among the actions which may permit a claim for age discrimination, is replacement of an employee over the age of 40 with a significantly younger person. This is true even if both persons are over the age of 40. However, being replaced by a younger employee is not the only action for which a claim for age discrimination may be made. You may have been denied a promotion, benefits, or training. You may have applied for a job and been turned down in favor of a younger, less qualified applicant. In these and in many other circumstances, you may have been a victim of age discrimination, and may be entitled to compensation.
In Toledo, throughout Ohio, and even in the surrounding states, I have successfully represented employees in age discrimination cases in a wide variety of circumstances. In addition to representing age discrimination victims in the state and federal courts, I regularly represent such victims before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Toledo and throughout Northwest Ohio. In many cases, filing a charge of age discrimination with the OCRC or EEOC is a vital and necessary step in pursuing your claim. While representation by an attorney is not required to pursue a discrimination claim before the EEOC or OCRC, an attorney experienced in age discrimination can provide valuable assistance in pursuing your claim, by assisting you in the crucial initial step of filing the charge, in preparing important documentation, in responding to the evidence and arguments advanced by your employer, and in many other ways. Additionally, your attorney can help you ensure that your right to bring a lawsuit is maintained in the event that the EEOC or OCRC is unable to bring about a fair resolution of your case.
So if you have been fired, demoted, denied a job, denied training, denied a promotion, or have otherwise been subjected to employment discrimination, and you believe that your age played a role in the negative employment action, I encourage you to call my office and set up an initial consultation. For more than 29 years, I have been successfully representing private and public, union and non-union victims of age and other forms of discrimination, in Toledo, all of Northwest Ohio, and throughout Ohio and the tri-state region. Of course, no attorney can guarantee success in a given case, but I will do everything I can to assert your right to a workplace free of age discrimination.
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