Discrimination based on age is illegal in Pennsylvania. An employer cannot fire you, refuse to hire you or otherwise cause you issues at work due to your age. With more and more people working later in life, age discrimination has become a tough spot for some employers.
The Age Discrimination Act of 1967 by the US Department of Labor prohibits employers who receive financial assistance from the federal government from discriminating against age. If you are 40 years old or older, your employer must not discriminate against you before, during and after work including the hiring and firing process. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces discrimination laws in the workplace beyond your age to include sex, religious affiliation, race, national origin and more.
If you feel you were improperly compensated at your workplace, age discrimination could be at work. In fact, the employer cannot discriminate against you when you apply for the job due to Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. While these laws cover the federally funded activities and programs, many of them extend to the private sector.
There are a few interpretations of the law that can affect an employment discrimination case. The employer is not likely to admit to discriminating against you due to age, which is why these cases require the knowledge and experience of an attorney steeped in employment law.
With workers extending their time in the workforce, some companies may find ways to move them out unlawfully. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.