The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals
who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based
on age. The ADEA’s protections apply to both employees and job applicants.
Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because
of his/her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment,
including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job
assignments, and training. The ADEA permits employers to favor older workers
based on age even when doing so adversely affects a younger worker who
is 40 or older.
It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment
practices that discriminate based on age or for filing an age discrimination
charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding,
or litigation under the ADEA.
The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees, including state
and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and labor
organizations, as well as to the federal government.
Do I need an attorney if I've already been offered a settlement?
The offer you received from the insurance company is almost certainly less than what you are entitled to, by a significant margin. Insurance companies, just like any other business, are structured to maximize their own profits, and in addition to offering a minimal amount in any settlement, they will also commonly employ aggressive tactics against claimants like you to discourage requests for full compensation. We can not only advise you of what your case is really worth, but also provide skilled representation to help you recover damages.
How much is my case worth?
Each personal injury case is unique, and your attorney will consult with you in detail to help you determine the full value of your claim. In any fair settlement, you should expect to receive enough money to cover all your medical bills, from emergency treatment at the scene of the accident to rehabilitative care to help you fully recover. Claims of this nature should also cover the amount of income you will lose due to the injury from missing work or inability to perform on your job, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
A variety of factors will play into how long it takes to get your insurance settlement, from the availability of evidence to support your claim to how cooperative the insurance company is and how effectively you can prepare your case. At our firm, our legal team takes every case seriously and we will do everything possible to achieve a successful resolution for you. We will also keep you informed throughout the entire process about what you may be up against and how long you can expect your case to take.