My first experience with age discrimination occurred after my first year of law school, when I worked for a firm in Manhattan. Unfortunately, my experience didn’t come as I worked on a case on behalf of someone, but rather through driving into the city each morning with my aunt who, at the time, was being terminated with a lot of indicators of age discrimination. My aunt is a woman of boundless energy, and that energy took her from being an elementary school teacher in rural North Carolina to be in a management position for a national bank in Manhattan. My aunt went from someone who, in the course of 25-year career, did everything right and worked impossible hours and did things the right way, to someone who couldn’t do anything right. No matter how hard she tried, no matter how long she worked, her supervisors just wouldn’t see that she was performing well, as they had in the previous 24 years.
At the end of the day, my aunt was in fact terminated, and she was offered a severance. She had an attorney review that severance, and she decided to go ahead and accept it. It was the right move for her with what was on the table. One thing that will never leave me is the look on her face when we would separate in the morning, when I would drop her off at work, of just utter frustration and despair and fear. It’s something that shaped my legal career, as I realized what it’s like to be an employee facing discrimination.
If you think that you’re the victim of age discrimination potentially, and there is evidence of that, let me start off by saying, “I’m sorry, and that I understand just how rotten it is.” I encourage you to look around our website, and if you’re interested, give us a call. These are the types of cases we handle on a day to day basis, and something that I’m quite passionate about.