Employees and applicants in Minnesota and elsewhere in the nation should understand they have legal rights, no matter their ages. In some cases, an employee or applicant may believe that he or she is experiencing discrimination based upon age. In these matters, it is important to be aware of the laws that protect them against this type of discrimination in the workplace.
Obtaining or maintaining a position at any age can be a momentous event for any employee in Minnesota and states across the nation. Due to the improving economy, some residents do not struggle trying to find adequate employment. While it might be easier to find a job these days, there are still hurdles and pitfalls when trying to find a well-paying job. For some, the individual's age might deter them from applying for some positions, but age should never be a factor in an employer's decision to hire or fire an employee. Age discrimination is a form of employment discrimination that not only prevents some potential employees from receiving a job, but it could also lead to wrongful termination.
Finding a career that is long-term and enjoyable is very desirable for Minnesota residents. This is not an easy goal to accomplish, however, so when someone locates such an occupation they usually hope to maintain the job until they decide to retire. This is not often the case and is especially difficult for older employees who are currently trying to keep their jobs. With new technology and younger workers being hired at a lower salary, older workers often experience age discrimination. Some feel discriminated against based on their age, and are forced into retirement in order to open up more spots for the younger generations. When this occurs, it could be a violation of civil rights and could result in a civil lawsuit against the employer.
A former agent for insurance giant Allstate has filed suit against his former employer, arguing that it violated Minnesota law when it fired him for not fulfilling a life insurance quota. The Minnesota Department of Commerce has already fined the company in relation to the man's firing.