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Age




Q I've been working for a company for over 30 years.  New management came in and replaced all of the older top management with young kids fresh out of college.  My job assignment was changed.  I was given the worst sales territory, so my sales figures and my productivity dropped sharply.  For the last 12 years, I have received the company award for top sales.  This year I'll be lucky to make it in the top 10.  I just turned 61.  Can PHRC help me?

A It is unlawful under the PHRA for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of his or her age, if the employee is 40 or over.  You may file a complaint, and PHRC will investigate your claims and take the appropriate action.

Q I signed an employment agreement for a six-year period with my former company when I was 55.  The agreement contained provisions which were very lucrative for me. Two years ago, my company was bought by another company. As part of the acquisition, the new owners acquired my employment agreement.  Since then, they have begun a campaign to force me to resign.  They demoted me.  They divided up my sales territory.  I've lost commissions. Can this be done?

A Not if the reason for their actions is your age (40 or over), race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry or non-job related disability.  If their actions are based on one of those factors, you may file a complaint, and PHRC will investigate and take any appropriate action.


Q I am 59 years old.  I was fired two months ago from my job as a sales vice president for a company.  They fired me without any warning and there was no disciplinary action against me.  I just found out that after they fired me, all of my job assignments and sales territories were divided up and assigned to three, younger employees.  I worked for this company for 33 years. Is this legal?

A It is unlawful under the PHRA for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's age, if the employee is over 40.  You have a right to file a complaint with PHRC, and we will investigate and take the appropriate action to correct any discrimination found.

Q I've worked in the mail room of a small college for over 10 years.  I've been a very good employee.  I've even filled in for my supervisor when he was absent.  He just announced that he is retiring.  I applied for the job and got an interview, but despite my past performance record and my supervisor's recommendation, the job was given to a 28-year-old with no mail room experience.  I think the real reason I didn't get the job is because I'm 49.  Can you help me?

A It is a unlawful under the PHRA for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's age, if the employee is over 40. You have a right to file a complaint with PHRC, and we will investigate and take the appropriate action to correct any discrimination found. You will need to provide information that supports your belief that the decision was based on your age.

Q My company just merged with a larger one.  After the merger, a 30-year-old became my supervisor.  I'm 62.  My supervisor is always giving me negative ratings when I don't deserve them.  He embarrasses me and criticizes me every chance he gets, but it's never in front of any one.  He's always calling me "old timer" or "pops" instead of my name.  When I asked him recently for the company to reimburse me for training I needed for the job, he said, "Why should we invest in you?"  When I complained about not getting reimbursed, he fired me and said it was, "for the good of the business."  I was the only one who got fired.  I don't think this is legal, is it?

A It is unlawful under the PHRA for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's age, if the employee is over 40.  You have a right to file a complaint with PHRC, and we will investigate and take the appropriate action to correct any discrimination.