When employees in Minnesota have years of experience at their job, many employers will view that as a valuable resource. These employees know how the business works, they know who to contact in certain situations and they can pass on that knowledge as they train new employees. However, as is true in other situations involving race, gender or disabilities, it is not unheard of for some employers to discriminate against employees based on their age.
Some people might not think of age discrimination as a common problem in the American workforce. This type of discrimination can be more subtle than other types of discrimination, and those who are the victims of age discrimination may not realize it until well after the fact. But, when employees in Minnesota are the victims of age discrimination, they should know that they may have rights under employment law.
There are state and federal laws in place that make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on age. Under federal law, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act went into effect in 1967. Under state law, employees are protected under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
At our law firm, we do our best to help our clients who have been the victims of age discrimination. In some situations, the employee may have been passed over for a promotion. In others, an employee may have been blatantly fired so that the employer can replace that worker with a younger one. In some of these situations, the employer has violated employment law. For more information about how our law firm might be able to help, please visit the age discrimination and harassment section of our website.