In the workplace, an employee may be subjected to unlawful discrimination over their gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. However, age discrimination is especially concerning and has created many obstacles for some workers. With that said, some people have also falsely accused a hiring manager or employer of age discrimination, whether their application was turned down or they were let go. There are many reasons why employees and prospective employees may wrongly believe that they were discriminated against because of their age, but the consequences can be particularly damaging for a company both in terms of reputation and financial penalties.
Some people may be overly concerned about their age and when they do not get a position, they may believe it was solely because they were too old (even when there is no truth to this belief). Or, an employee may intentionally accuse their former employee of age discrimination even though they know that no laws were broken. For example, someone who has hard feelings towards a company they used to work for may decide to file suit in order to get revenge.
It is very important for business owners to understand how age discrimination occurs, address any instances of this violation properly and know how to handle these charges when they arise (regardless of whether or not there is any truth to the claim). Our law office completely understands the challenges that a company may face while in this situation, but there may be various legal options on the table.