Are you an older employee who has been told you're "too slow," or you "need to catch up"? Have you been passed over for promotions that are given to younger employees even though you have more experience or seniority? Have you been terminated and feel it was due to your age? If so, you may have experienced age discrimination.
Through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees and applicants who are 40 years of age and older. But discrimination doesn't mean an immediate civil suit in court... All discrimination cases must be filed with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities ("CHRO") within 180 days. You can also file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission ("EEOC") at the federal level within 300 days, but if you can file at the state level, the CHRO offers a more comprehensive and timely resolution. A civil suit can be filed after filing with the CHRO or EEOC.
You don't need an attorney to file a complaint with the CHRO or the EEOC, but it's a good strategy to have an attorney on your side to help you navigate the process and help come up with a good settlement plan. Most clients think the CHRO is going to help them with their case, and they are surprised when they get to the hearing and they're on their own.
If you feel you've been a victim of age or any other kind of discrimination, please call Employee Advocates, LLC for a free phone consultation.