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Age Discrimination Claims

As an employment litigation defense lawyer, it is our job to help employers navigate the complex world of workplace disputes and legal claims. An area where employers may find themselves facing litigation is in Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claims. The ADEA is a federal law that protects workers who are aged 40 and over from discrimination in the workplace.

When an employee brings an ADEA claim against their employer, it is crucial for the employer to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. In this blog post, we will explain some of the key defenses that employers may use to defend against ADEA claims.

Employers facing ADEA claims have several defenses at their disposal to protect their interests and defend against legal claims. By understanding and utilizing these defenses, employers can effectively navigate the complexities of age discrimination litigation and protect their business from costly legal disputes. If you are an employer facing an ADEA claim, it is best to consult with an employment litigation defense lawyer to discuss your options and develop a strategic defense strategy.

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It is important for employers to be proactive in addressing age discrimination in the workplace and to take steps to prevent ADEA claims from arising. By creating and enforcing anti-discrimination policies, providing training to employees and managers, and conducting regular reviews of employment decisions, employers can reduce their risk of facing ADEA claims.

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    Defenses to ADEA/Age Discrimination Claims

    One of the most common defenses that an employer may use in response to an ADEA claim is the "bona fide occupational qualification" defense. This defense allows employers to make employment decisions based on age if age is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the business. For example, if a company is casting actors for a movie that requires a specific age range, they may be able to use the bona fide occupational qualification defense to justify their casting decisions.

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