I need to know IF I have a discrimination suit against my previous employer.

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I need to know IF I have a discrimination suit against my previous employer.

I am a 40 male. I was hired on with 2 twenty year old males. In a short time my previous employer promoted the 2 twenty year olds to a higher pay and extra training that I had on numerous times had expressed intrest in. My then employer kept giving me the run around on why they didn’t give me the position. What are my RIGHTS? This employer is in Alabama.

Asked on April 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The issue or question is, is there some reason other than age for this action? If there is, it is legal--being 40 or older doesn't protect you from being treated worse than younger employees for valid reasons, only against being treated worse due to age. So if the 20 year olds have been at the company longer, have education, degrees, credentials, or experience you lack, or have better performance reviews, they can be treated better than you. On the other hand, if there is no non-age reason for the difference in treatment, you may have an age discrimination case and should contact the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC to discuss.


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