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West Virginia Age Discrimination Lawyers

Last updated on July 9, 2024

When you are at work, you should be judged on your job performance – not the gray in your hair. If you are 40 or older and you have been unfairly denied a promotion, fired or otherwise been subjected to discrimination based on your age, you need to speak to an experienced attorney.

At Bouchillon Crossan & Colburn, L.C., our attorneys understand the challenges older workers face with ageism in the workplace. From our Huntington office, we represent clients throughout West Virginia against unlawful treatment by employers both big and small.

What Are The Signs Of Age Discrimination In The Workplace?

Many different industries seem to prize youth and energy over wisdom and experience so that age discrimination can take many different forms.

Some of the most common signs of discrimination, however, include:

  • Hiring practices that prioritize younger workers or an outright refusal to hire qualified job candidates based on their age
  • Layoffs and “downsizing” used a pretext to rid the workplace of older workers, only to replace them with younger employees (who are often paid less)
  • Failure to promote older workers or give them advancement opportunities on the basis that they will “retire soon, anyhow”
  • Ageist comments from management or management’s refusal to address “jokes” about an employee’s age from other workers
  • A gradual push to force older workers into retirement but increasing their job responsibilities without providing them with adequate support or decreasing their responsibilities and shutting them out of key projects

Both the West Virginia Human Rights Act and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants who are 40 years of age and older. Despite these and other protections, some employers still need to get the message. Age discrimination is not okay.

Fight Back Against Age Discrimination With Our Help

Your employer probably is not foolish enough to admit that they are discriminating against you based on your age – which is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Call Bouchillon Crossan & Colburn, L.C., at 304-521-4636 or use our online form to schedule your free consultation today.