Age Discrimination Claim Valid Despite Waiver, Court Says

Most employers realize that age is not a legal – or valid – reason to terminate an employee. That doesn’t stop some companies from trying to circumvent the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) by asking terminated employees to sign waivers that promise never to sue for age discrimination. That’s what happened to Robert Fisk, an underground miner for Colorado’s Mountain Coal Co. Laying off Fisk, an eight-year employee, in 2009, MCC required him to sign a waiver to …

Changing Reasons for Firing May Be Evidence of Age Discrimination

Imagine that you are terminated from your job. You’re in your 60s. You know that it’s going to be hard to find new work. You consider filing an age-discrimination complaint. But your employer says that it’s just eliminating your position, not discriminating against you because of your age. That means your employer is acting legally, right? Well, maybe not, a federal appeals court ruled last month. In 2011, James Pierson was fired from his job as facilities manager at the …