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Age Discrimination and Filing a Lawsuit - The ISBA Advises

Question: I lost my job and believe I may be the victim of age discrimination. Should I file a lawsuit?

Answer: Contact a lawyer to see if you have a case. Federal law prohibits companies from discriminating against employees 40 or older because of age. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

Anyone with a question about a legal matter can talk to a lawyer at no cost on the Illinois State Bar Association's 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact options include two toll-free numbers, Skype and email.

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