Do I have any grounds for age discrimination in being denied/removed from eligibility for being a firefighter recruit?

I was recently removed from a firefighter recruit eligible list because of my age. I was told the reason for my removal was due to the fact that Ohio has a cap on age for fire recruits. The city dragged their feet hiring and I sat on the eligible list for almost 3 years. The city finally was in a position to hire and they told me I was no longer eligible to be a fire recruit so I was removed from the list. I am in exceptional physical condition and have completed 27 marathons. I completed the process as was told and due to no fault of my own I reached the age limit.

Asked on May 22, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Potentially you might have a claim for age discrimination of you are in good physical shape and were not hired as a fire fighter due to delays by the municipality that you are writing about and your age.

For you to receive better information on this subject you should consult with an attorney practicing in the area of employment law and bring to the meeting the written basis for the "cap" by the municipality for not hiring fire fighters after a certain age for analysis by the attorney.

The question that you have raised is somewhat complicated. You might also wish to make a complaint with the local department of labor as to why you were denied employment based upon your age as another option to pursue redress.


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