I feel that I was unfairly layed off and not giving proper pager work, and was age discrimation.

On Feb. 7, 2010 at 3 p.m. my boss came into my area and said he needed to speak to me. I worked for a local newspaper in the pre-press department since 1984. Besides scheduling jobs, doing layout, sending jobs to the imagesetter, in charge of 12 part-time people, I was also in charge on a side company of the paper called Downtown printing. Business has been slow, always is in Jan. and Feb., and he said that he was going to have trouble making March's payroll. He said he needed to lay me off, that I could draw unemployment for two years and could then retire. I informed him that I just turned 59 in Dec., 2009, and would only be 61 in two years, so I would only be 61, to young to retire. He said 'oh' and continued on with saying that he was going to pay me my 5 weeks of vacation and give me two weeks severance pay. I was speechless, as for years, this time of year is slow. I don't know if I have a case, I just had no warning. There is about 16 of us at the paper and a younger man( use to be my helper ) has taken over my position and no one else has been layed off. There is two people older than me with one having more time in and the other one under 5 years there. Do I have a case?

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