After the past few years the state of Tennessee and my office has seen more age discrimination cases. There is some debate as to why. The most commonly given reason I hear for the rise in job related age discrimination is that the work force is simply getting older. Whatever the reason for the rise in claims it is very unfortunate that it is occurring.
Under the law employers may not discriminate against employees in hiring, firing, or other terms and conditions of employment if they are 40 years of age or older. This law applies to all employers with 20 or more employees. Tennessee has some laws that applies to employers with less than 20 employees.
If you feel that you are being treated differently solely on the basis of you age it is important that you take every step necessary to protect yourself. It is not an easy task to prove age discrimination so it is advisable that you contact an attorney, the EEOC or both if you are uncertain as to what you should do.