Most people would agree that securing a good job is a fundamental part of living a prosperous and fulfilling life. Unfortunately, older employees can be subjected to age discrimination in the workplace as new, younger employees are hired. Age discrimination is a form of workplace discrimination and can affect the job satisfaction of all employees, not just those who are discriminated against. Luckily, there are laws in Massachusetts and at the federal level that protect employees from this type of discrimination. Recently, a female employee in another state filed a lawsuit against an employer, citing age and gender discrimination.
According to the lawsuit, the employer created a hostile environment that facilitated discrimination of older, female employees. The plaintiff accuses her employer of offering frequent raises and other compensation to younger employees while the plaintiff received only one pay increase during her entire length of employment. The plaintiff also alleges that her younger colleagues were offered more favorable and flexible work schedules as well as frequent invitations to social gatherings that excluded older employees.
The plaintiff claims that when she complained to her employer about age and gender discrimination, she was given a written warning for being disruptive. At the same time, she claims her male counterparts were consistently getting away with abusive behavior. The plaintiff alleges that she was fired after filing complaints pertaining to the discrimination. The lawsuit filed by the plaintiff seeks $3.5 million in damages against her former employer.
No one should have to live and work in fear of being victimized or fired for simply being who they are. Massachusetts residents who feel that they have been discriminated against by an employer have every right to take action and can benefit from seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney. A successful workplace discrimination lawsuit could result in monetary damages that offset any loss of income.
Source: ctpost.com, "Stamford commodities firm faces discrimination lawsuit", Paul Schott, Nov. 4, 2016