Age discrimination

My son was terminated 3 days after having started his employment with his company. Reason he was to young. He was hired by the General Manager at his site for a part- time summer job. The corporate director called him over the phone and told him he had to be terminated because he was under the age of 18. What this women is claiming is incorret because what she doesn't realize is that my daughter also works for one of the other branches and she was employeed at this company at the age of 16.

My son was so excited, this was his first job and now his confidence is blown. How can this women do this, over the phone no less, they sent him his last pay check.

I am furious. No where in the employee handbook given does it state that he has to be 18. And On a screening form he had to fill out it even asked that his guardian sign if he was under age. Which I did.

I want justice for my boy. Please help me.

1 answer  |  asked Aug 19, 2004 9:02 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

Answers (1)

David M. Lira
Who is Covered by Age Discrimination Laws

When I go to schools, I often ask the students who is covered by the anti-discrimination laws. Under many laws, the answer surprises the students, because the answer is everyone. Whites are covered as much as blacks, Jews are covered as much as Protestants, people of English ancestory are covered as much as Hispanics.

There are two sets of anti-discrimiations laws, however, which are excepts. Those are anti-discrimination laws dealing with disability and age. You can't say everybody is covered by those two laws.

Under the federal anti-age discrimination law, you are not protected by the law unless you are at least 40 years old. Under the New York State anti-discrimination law, you are not protected against age discrimination unless you are at least 18 years old.

posted by David M. Lira  |  Aug 20, 2004 08:49 AM [EST]

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