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Employees file suit over age discrimination

Many employees in Minnesota may not understand their rights. Discrimination in the workplace is illegal, and it is important for employees to know that they can pursue legal action if they believe they have been a victim of workplace discrimination. 

Age discrimination claims have become more common in the United States as employees become more aware of their rights. An example of the legal action victims of age discrimination can be seen in a recent lawsuit filed by six former employees at the now shut down Community Action of Minneapolis organization.

The former employees had worked for the organization for decades and all had positive performance reviews. However, the six employees were terminated and replaced by younger workers, according to the lawsuit. 

Age discrimination claims stemming from being terminated are not uncommon. Many cases include claims from older employees who had positive reviews all of a sudden being deemed as “poor performers” and ultimately being let go only to be replaced by younger employees. 

Age is a protected class, and it is illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee due to his or her age. This includes denying promotions for an older employee to firing them because of their age. 

Even though age discrimination claims have increased, they can be difficult to prove. Employers will likely have other reasons for terminating the employee. However, working with an attorney can make sure your rights are protected and all factors are considered in your lawsuit. 

It is important to recognize your rights as an employee. If you believe you have been the victim of age discrimination in the workplace, contact a lawyer right away. 

Source: MPR, “Ex-Community Action Mpls. workers claim age discrimination,” Curtis Gilbert, April 17, 2015

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