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Florida posts high rate of age discrimination claims

Employees in Florida deserve the right to fair treatment by employers and colleagues in the workforce. From the job application process all the way through to conducting job duties on a day-to-day basis and more, there are laws in place designed to protect people from situations such as sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and various forms of discrimination.

Discrimination can be experienced by people based upon their gender, religion, disabilities and even age. The American Association for Retired Persons published data in 2012 asserting that as many as 77% of employed persons between 45 and 54 years old were subject to some form of age discrimination. A report providing information about the number of people in 2014 filing age discrimination claims from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows a decline in these claims over the past few years.

In 2008, age discrimination claims surged to 24,582. In 2014, a total of 20,588 claims were initiated. The state of Florida accounted for 8.5 percent of all such claims, one of the highest rates in the country. While lower than the levels between 2008 and 2013, the 2014 number is still higher than the number of claims filed between 2000 and 2007. During those years, the number of claims ranged from a high of just over 19,000 to a low of slightly more than 16,000.

Any person in Florida who believes they may be the victim of age discrimination or another form of harassment on the job may wish to seek legal input. Getting help is important when defending the civil rights of workers.

Source: Time.com, “Pop Goes the Age Discrimination Bubble,” Dan Kadlec, February 16, 2015

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