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Age Discrimination

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there has been a 17% increase in age discrimination complaints filed since the beginning of the recession in 2007, as reported in an April 17, 2010, Newsweek article. While there are laws on both the federal and state levels protecting employees from age discrimination, these cases are very difficult to prove.

On the federal level, workers are protected under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967. The ADEA protects workers in both the public and private sectors, and applies to people over 40. (The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is a federal law that protects against age discrimination in activities or programs that receive financial assistance from the federal government, but does not apply to employment issues.)

New Jersey law differs from the federal law on several levels. For one thing, New Jersey law applies to workers under 40 years of age as well. Also in New Jersey, workers who win an age discrimination case may recover punitive and compensatory damages not allowed under federal law with New Jersey age discrimination cases handled through the NJ Division on Civil Rights (DCR).

Most age discrimination complaints filed involve termination or firing cases. However, discrimination in hiring may be as common but more difficult to prove because so many factors are involved in the hiring process.

Employees who believe they have been discriminated against because of age have several avenues to pursue. In New Jersey, claims may be filed with the DCR or the EEOC, or a court suit may be filed as long as the DCR did not issue a “no cause” finding.

A 2009 Supreme Court case has made it even more difficult to prove age discrimination. Prior to that case, complainants had to show that age was one of the factors behind the lawsuit. Now, however, age has to be the only cause.

Because age discrimination cases are so difficult to prove and because there are several avenues for complainants to pursue, it is necessary to seek the services of an experienced attorney. If you believe you have been the victim of age discrimination, contact the attorneys at Kearns Rotolo Law for advice. Protect your rights. Call Kearns Rotolo Law today.

What Our Clients are Saying

The absolute BEST!!! I have a family of attorneys but needed someone local. Victor was recommended to me and words cannot describe how pleased I was with his firm. The outstanding service and attention each member of his staff gave to me surpassed any and all expectations. Victor surrounds himself with a hardworking team that he leads. I felt it was money spent wisely. I will continue to recommend Victor and his associates.

- Stephanie

Mr. Rotolo has helped me numerous times in legal matters and has continued to support and help me through countless hardships. He is dedicated to providing the best service and is a true professional. I will continue to consult with him regarding any legal issues in the future. He is a respectable, hardworking, kind hearted man and I would recommend his legal services to anyone.

- Matthew

I am an attorney and have practiced law for 26 years. I hired Vic to handle a very difficult family matter because I do not handle family law. Vic was extremely competent and obtained a result far beyond my expectations. Without his counsel my son's and family's life would have been changed forever. Thank you Vic for your good lawyering. I very much appreciate the personal attention and time dedicated to this matter. I highly recommend Vic.

- Anthony

We recently had a situation where we needed to hire an attorney. We selected Kearns Rotolo Law and I can honestly say that we were above and beyond satisfied with Vic and his team. We would absolutely recommend this firm to anyone should the need arise. We blindly picked the firm out of the phone book because I liked his ad. Now I believe that God was pointing us in the right direction. Thank you Vic and Kearns Rotolo Law for being there for us in our time of need.

- Kim

Victor's expertise, due diligence, and empathy for his client made my first experience with the law (and last) a non-stressful one. Before the case, I did my research and looked over about 20 lawyers before choosing Victor. All my sources pointed to him as the best and they weren't off even a bit. Victor treated my case like it was his own and kept me up to date with all my appointments, breakthroughs in the case, and guided me step through step in a process that I never thought that I had to come to endure. If Victor's not available Susy will go out of her way to take care you. The productivity and efficiency in that office is second to none. Thank you Victor!

- Michael