Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination claims can take the form of Age Discrimination, discrimination based on a disability, sexual harassment as well as claims for family and medical leave and for violations of laws governing general working conditions such as minimum wage and overtime. However, unless a specific exception applies, in the absence of an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement, employees can be terminated from employment and can also quit their employment "at will" without any adverse consequences to the other party. Most employment discrimination claims first have to be brought before an administrative agency such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where they are investigated and an initial determination is made whether the claim has validity. If not resolved there, the aggrieved person can file suit.

Age Discrimination

The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects employees or prospective employees age 40 and older from adverse employment decisions relating to hiring, discharges and changes in employment status such as promotions and demotions where the cause of the adverse action was age.

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