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Fighting Against Rhode Island Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Serving Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland and all of Providence County

Both federal and state laws protect the rights of employees over the age of 40 from being discriminated against because of their age. However, throughout Rhode Island, age discrimination in the workplace still exists. Men and women are being treated differently, because of their age, which can affect:

  • Promotions
  • Training opportunities
  • Job assignments
  • Compensation/benefits
  • And more

Despite clear laws protecting the rights of workers over the age of 40, winning an age discrimination case is not easy, due to certain case laws. That’s why it’s important to work with a qualified attorney, such as Attorney Matthew J. Brier, who has extensive knowledge, background, and a passion when it comes to protecting the rights of workers over the age of 40 throughout Rhode Island.


The slippery slope that is age discrimination

As straightforward as you may believe age discrimination to be, the case of Knight v. Avon Products makes it more complicated than it once was. In that case, the Supreme Judicial Court overturned an original ruling in favor of the plaintiff, because the plaintiff’s replacement was only 5 years younger. As a result, employers have more latitude when it comes to replacing older employees.


You can win your age discrimination case with the right support

Age discrimination cases fall into two categories:

  • Disparate treatment (more common)
  • Disparate impact

Disparate treatment means a company is accused of poor treatment toward an individual due to his or her age.

Disparate impact involves a policy that exists within a company that intentionally or unintentionally affects older workers.

Regardless of which case your situation falls into, the burden of proof lies with you. In order to win your case, you need the expertise of a qualified employee law attorney, such as Matthew J. Brier. He can offer you legal advice and support as he compiles a winning argument that will get you what’s rightfully yours.


If you’re a victim of age discrimination the time to act is now!

The statute of limitations for age discrimination claims is much shorter than with most other employment claims. If you believe you’re the victim of age discrimination, it’s absolutely imperative that you act now and contact a qualified attorney to discuss your situation.

Contact Attorney Matthew J. Brier today to learn more about how he’ll help you get your deserved compensation for pain and suffering you’ve faced at the hands of age discrimination in the workplace.