Age Discrimination on the Rise

  • Over 100 Years of Experience

    Our dedicated attorneys have a reputation for success.

    Meet Our Team
  • Our Awards Set Us Apart

    Learn about our distinguishing awards & how this benefits you.

    What It Means For You
  • Client Testimonials

    Many satisfied clients have used Schwartz Perry & Heller.

    What They Have to Say
  • Request Your Consultation

    Contact our firm today to learn how we can help you.

    Get Started Now

Age Discrimination on the Rise

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") has begun considering much-needed rules to protect the older members of the workforce. In the last year, the EEOC has seen a 29% increase in age discrimination claims, more than any other employment bias claim. In fact, other than retaliation, age discrimination has become the most common claim in employment related cases. This is much more troubling in light of the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc., where they decided that people bringing suit on an age discrimination claim would be burdened with a higher standard of proof than those bringing suit on the basis of racial or sexual discrimination.

The Gross decision requires that the plaintiff bringing an age discrimination claim prove that age was the key factor in a demotion or layoff. This is in contrast to where previously, one bringing an age discrimination claim only needed to prove that age was a factor, and the burden shifted to the employer to prove the existence of a valid reason for the adverse employment action. Coupled with another recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision - where Kentucky's retirement system was found to be not guilty of age discrimination despite the removal of certain benefits for employees 55 and older - age discrimination claims seem to be under attack. Fortunately, the EEOC and the AARP have now taken the first step towards remedying this problem.

Contact Us

Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP
New York Employment Law Attorney
Located at: 3 Park Ave.,
27th Floor,

New York, NY 10016
View Map
Phone: (646) 490-0221
Local Phone: (212) 889-6565
© 2018 All Rights Reserved.


The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.