Employees Should Not Be Discriminated Against Because Of Their Age. Period.
Hawaii law protects both younger and older workers from age discrimination. Under federal law it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of their age if they are over 40. Hawaii law protects people of all ages from being discriminated against by their employer because of their age.
Attorney David Simons has protected clients in Honolulu and across Hawaii in age discrimination cases for decades.
The usual age discrimination case arises because someone is not hired or is terminated because of their age. Our firm has represented numerous age discrimination victims. Contact our office if you feel you have been treated unlawfully by an employer because of your age. We often work on a contingency fee basis.
Age is considered a “protected classification”. Age is something that cannot be changed by an employee’s hard work or effort. If an employer is prejudiced against an employee because of their age (i.e. “judges a book by its cover”), that is illegal.
Examples Of Age Discrimination
Age discrimination is prohibited concerning any “term or condition” of employment. Examples of illegal age discrimination include:
- Not hiring someone because of their age.
- Selecting someone for termination because of their age.
- The employer provides better compensation to younger employees with less skill and experience than the older employees with more skill and experience.
- A boss gives an older employee undeserved poor performance evaluations and then uses these false records of poor performance to fire or demote the employee.
- An employer will not let an older worker take a training course or otherwise invest in the worker’s further growth.
- A company refuses to hire anyone who looks older than a certain age, in order to maintain a younger working environment and image.
- An older employee is passed over due to his or her age, with management choosing someone younger for the role.
- Consistent replacement of older employees with younger ones.
- Making demeaning comments about a worker because of their age – things like calling someone “old man” or remarks like “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.”
Our Firm Will Fight On Your Behalf
If you are experiencing any of these issues in your workplace, your employer may be violating the law. Our firm would be glad to discuss your concerns with you.