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Age discrimination in the American workplace: old at a young by Raymond F. Gregory

By Raymond F. Gregory

Nearly each middle-aged and older employee, at a while in the course of his or her occupation, will endure age discrimination within the place of work. Employers too frequently use early-retirement plans, restructurings, and downsizings to brush off older staff. lots of those people are unwillingly ushered into earlier-than-planned retirements, are denied promotions, or are terminated. The baby-boomer iteration now bills for just below 50 percentage of the total group. an unlimited military of staff now stands prepared to contest enterprise acts of age discrimination.

Attorney Raymond Gregory addresses himself to the hundreds of thousands of employees who imagine they could be dealing with age discrimination and lines the background of the federal measures enacted to help employees in contesting illegal agency behavior. He explains how the legislation works and offers real proceedings to illustrate the ways in which employees have challenged their employers. The instances support to demonstrate criminal ideas in real-life stories and plenty of of the instances relate compelling tales of employees stuck up in an online of supplier discriminatory behavior. Gregory has eradicated all criminal jargon, making sure that every one thoughts are transparent to his readers. contributors will flip to this e-book repeatedly to receive authoritative history in this very important topic.

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Since the law reports are silent with regard to any further activities in the Gallo case, we may assume that her claims against Prudential were settled outside of court. When issues of this sort are presented to jurors, they frequently determine that age played a significant role in the selection process of those who survive a RIF and those who do not. But, as Nelson Viola was to learn, every litigant does not succeed in having his case decided by a jury. Viola was hired at the age of forty-six by Philips Medical Systems to work in the stockroom of its Spare Parts Department.

The bank, however, maintained that Goldman had been terminated only because he was the least productive worker in his unit. Because Goldman was unable to offer evidence refuting the bank’s position, his case was dismissed. Goldman’s failure to maintain a level of productivity commensurate with that of his co-workers proved to be his undoing. We are not concerned here with the older worker who is largely to blame for the loss of his position. Regardless of a worker’s age, discrimination is not a factor in his termination if the employer is motivated to end the employment relationship by reason of the worker’s lack of productivity or because of some other failure to satisfy the employer’s legitimate business expectations.

But the most insidious of the RIFs is one that on its face is lawful and is nearly impregnable to attack. In this type of RIF, the employer selects those workers it wants to eliminate and then agrees to pay them a generous severance, provided, of course, the terminated workers agree to waive all rights against the employer. The selection process may be wholly biased, but the employer knows that the discrimination laws probably will not be enforced because the workers who are terminated will sign waivers and releases in order to receive the severance payments.

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