Despite protections against age discrimination offered by federal and state employment laws, the job security of many skilled workers in their 50s and 60s is still threatened in many workplaces across the country.
There may be several reasons for this unlawful discrimination. Older workers are often on the higher end of the pay spectrum, and an employer may seek to cut labor costs with new recruits. Perhaps a younger boss doesn't relate to the age gap and prefers to hire closer to his or her own age demographic.
Regardless of the pretext, the sudden termination of an older worker after years of dedicated, skilled service should raise suspicions. If this has happened to you, you may have a legal claim of age discrimination.