Americans are working longer, and older workers hold a larger percentage of the American workforce than ever before. In the United States federal government, almost one-third of workers are aged 55 and over, and some are questioning whether these older employees can be forced into retirement.
If you are employed by the US federal government and you think you are being wrongfully forced into retirement, now is the time to seek legal counsel. Our team at The Spiggle Law Firm can conduct a comprehensive review of your situation and determine how best to safeguard your rights and interests.
Forced Retirement As a Federal Employee and Your Legal Rights
The US government cannot force workers to retire based solely on their age. The law only permits separation based on the following:
- Unacceptable performance
- Medical inability to perform the job
Older employees should do their job to the best of their ability, not accept pressure to retire, and talk to their supervisor if they have trouble from their employer. Partnering with a skilled employment law attorney can help navigate any questions about this process.
Age Discrimination In Employment Act (ADEA)
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against employees and job applicants who are 40 years of age or older. The law applies to employers with 20 or more employees, including federal agencies.
The ADEA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on age in all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, and layoffs. The law also prohibits employers from forcing employees to retire based on their age.
Exceptions to ADEA
However, there are some exceptions to the ADEA. For example, if an employee is in a position that requires a certain level of physical or mental fitness, the employer may be able to require the employee to retire at a certain age. This is because the employer has a legitimate business reason for requiring retirement.
Similarly, under certain circumstances, the federal government may be able to force an employee to retire. For example, if the employee is in a position that is considered “sensitive,” such as a law enforcement or intelligence position, the government may be able to require the employee to retire at a certain age.
How Employment Attorneys Can Help Federal Workers Who Are Being Forced into Retirement
An Richmond employment law attorney can provide legal assistance to federal workers who feel like they are being forced to retire. The attorney can review the circumstances of the worker’s employment, including any relevant employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, and federal regulations. They can also assess whether the worker’s retirement is being forced unlawfully or in violation of any anti-discrimination laws.
If the attorney determines that the worker is being forced to retire illegally, they can take legal action to protect their client’s rights. This may include filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), pursuing a lawsuit, or negotiating with the employer to reach a favorable settlement.
Seek Legal Counsel If You Are Being Forced Into Retirement as a Federal Employee
The Spiggle Law Firm employment law attorneys can help federal workers navigate the complex legal landscape of employment law and protect their rights in the workplace. If you are a federal worker facing discrimination or mistreatment in the workplace, contact our experienced discrimination attorneys today to schedule a consultation. Your career and well-being are important, and we are here to treat you with compassion and care throughout every step of the journey. Call us now to schedule your appointment at (202) 449-8527, or you may also contact us online.