Age Discrimination Lawyer

Filing Your Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Dealing with age discrimination is extremely challenging because sometimes your employer looks at your age and decides a younger worker would be cheaper, faster, and require less benefits and leave (often due to medical issues), among other things. Age discrimination lawyers focus on the state and federal laws to protect you against age discrimination.  People who are age 40 and older are protected from employment discrimination based on age by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) as well as state law, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). These are often closely related to other legal claims regarding medical issues or Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These federal and state age discrimination laws prohibit employers from discriminating and retaliating against employees and job applicants who at least 40 years old.

How to file an age discrimination lawsuit?

If you are employed, the first step is to engage your employer and make formal, documented, and written complaint(s) about age discrimination to the appropriate authority in the company. If you need help with this, the conduct continues, or you believe you are being targeted (retaliated against) now, you should contact an employment discrimination lawyer immediately.

If you have been laid off, the first step is filing a Charge with the EEOC and/or the PHRC. This will be the initial step in litigation and your employer will see it and be able to respond. MKO often sees pro-se plaintiffs undermine their own cases by writing a sprawling document that contains admissions, speculations, and unneeded documents that the employer’s lawyers then demolish. If you are considering this, you should contact an employment discrimination lawyer immediately.

If you have already gone though the agency process and you’ve met the administrative claim requirements, you can file a complaint in court. A complaint is a formal legal document that explains in detail the basis and causes of action of your age discrimination lawsuit as well as what damages you are seeking. This step is the formal filing of your discrimination lawsuit. Suffice to say, approaching this stage without an attorney is a very dangerous idea, pro se litigants do not fare well in the courts.

When to file the age discrimination lawsuit?

The appropriate action often depends on whether you are employed or not as well as the underlying facts. Sometimes the best thing you can do is initiate a lawsuit. If you have proof that age was the reason for the discriminatory act, you could have successful claims against your employer. However, you should speak to a qualified employment attorney before filing a lawsuit.   An attorney can discuss your claims, rights, procedure and generally what to expect from a lawsuit.

Is it ok for you to do this?

It’s your right to be judged fairly based on your performance and not your age. It’s rate that jobs are not suitable for every age, but most of them are. This is why you really have to study the situation and actively figure out what happened. In the end it’s all about understanding the motive at hand and trying to show that yes, you are dealing with age discrimination and something has to change.

Whether that will change or not, it’s really hard to determine. But the last thing you want is to just stay there and not do anything. Instead, you want to focus on finding a solution.

A lawsuit can be a stressful process.  Having an attorney by your side can provide for a less stressful process.  Our attorneys at MKO will be able to give you advice on difficult decisions, provide around the clock support and fight for your rights.

MKO is always available for its clients. You can contact us anytime for a case assessment and evaluation.

 

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“Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.” 

MKO is a “boutique firm” which means that we focus on a niche area and offer highly specialized services to clients who are looking for the personal touch within our area of expertise: Employment Law. Boutique law firms are not a general practice or one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case. Look for a law firm that primarily practices the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™” Confidentiality is key, for everyone. Are you a victim? MKO is always available for its clients. You can contact us anytime for a case assessment and evaluation. 

Ten Reasons To Choose Our Law Firm

1. Focused Employment Law Practice

MKO is a “boutique law firm” which means that we concentrate on this niche area and offer highly focused employment law services to clients who are looking for the personal touch. Boutique law firms are not a one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. While a long roster of diverse legal services may look impressive on paper, it’s fairly pointless in practice. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case.  Look for a law firm that only practices in the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well.

2. Technology Driven & Experts in the Cloud

We provide immediate legal consultations, operate a paperless law firm, use advanced cloud storage, digital signatures, electronic forms, and can review your documents using screen share technology instantaneously. MKO is technologically savvy, nimble, flexible, and efficient. 

We are not confined to our office, chained to a desktop computer, or burdened with IT maintenance. Thanks to the smart use of technology we can focus on providing our clients with the best representation possible. By streamlining our practice we can focus on what our clients hire us to do – advocate on their behalf and work diligently toward a desired result.

3. Legal Advice Instantly From The Comfort of Home

MKO can provide superior legal services through adapative use of new technology and provide the majority of legal assistance while you are comfortably working from your home. It just also happens it’s better, easier, and faster for our clients – they really appreciate it. We seemlessly and interactively collaborate with you in a relaxed enviornment where you have all of your files in your immediate control. We find this is the absolute best way to provide legal advice to our clients on complex legal issues, hands down.

The old style of coming into our office with binders of disjointed and unsearchable paperwork, of which we to organize and figure out on the fly, is incredibly wasteful, time-consuming, inefficient, and not highly productive. Because of our integration with technology, we are ready to work with you on highly intricate matters on a moments notice, no matter where you (or we) are.

4. Discreet When Necessary

While many cases require that we go to court to seek justice, there are a substantial number of disputes that need to be handled discreetly. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”

Confidentiality is key, for everyone. 

5. Experience, Professional, & Integrity

Through representing and managing thousands of employment situations, rest assured there is help or a path forward for your situation. For example, Partner Christi Wallace has personally represented over 900 clients and has managed hundrends more for associates that worked for her in just the last 7 years!

6. Highly Responsive Attorneys

We always get the question, “If I choose to have you represent me, will it be difficult for me to get in touch with you?”

Absolutely not, we even make ourselves available to clients beyond our normal business hours! Futher, when you call us your attorney answers, not a secretary who puts you on hold for 20 minutes, then tells you that you can leave a voicemail for your attorney. Besides the MKO office phone number, our clients can contact their attorney via mobile, SMS & texting, business email, and an urgent emergency email. For example, we can often respond to a text message in just a few minutes. Experience a better, faster, and more efficient way to work with an attorney. MKO believes that clients can and should depend on the fact that we’ll respond quickly.

7. Attorneys Available 74+ Hours Per Week

Employment Attorneys are available at least 74 hours per week by phone, email, and text messaging. Don’t be fooled by marketing, many law firms are using non-attorney 3rd party answering services and advertising “Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week.” We pick up our own phones, respond to our own emails and text messages, and use real attorneys, 74+ hours per week. 

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8. Practical Advice From Seasoned Professionals

MKO strongly believes that every situation is distinctly unique and therefore we must endevour to find the right solution for that particular issue. Because we are a boutique employment law firm, we strive to find unique and innovation solutions for our clients in every circustance. We take action when necessary, put together deals when possible, and work with our clients so we can be creative and find smart solutions instead of needless litigation. We want to protect your interests now and in the future.

9. Contingency Representation

Contingency Legal Representation is where you do not have to pay your lawyer up front. This is fantastic if you are offered this option. Lawyers and litigation costs are incredibly expensive if you pay hourly. With contingency representation, you are not faced with large legal bills and expenses that are daunting and causes slow downs while waiting for a retainer to be replenished. Further, when you’re offering to pay anyone up front and hourly, it seems they’ll take almost any case – so long as they are getting paid. Funny how that works. Here’s how we help:

  • People can afford an attorney. – Without the benefit of contingency, it would be very difficult for a person who was recently seperated from their job to afford an employment lawyer.
  • MKO only gets paid if there is a recovery.  – We put our money where our mouth is, if we don’t get a recovery, you don’t owe legal fees and costs.
  • Contingency representation says something about your case. – Considering MKO only will get paid if there is a recovery, you can assume we like to cases that we believe have merit.
  • Helps people can move on with their lives – Instead of racking up debt to pay for legal help, our contingency representation lets you move on with your life as we deal with the legal stuff. This is exactly what MKO stands for, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”
10. Keeping Costs Low To Focus On Your Case

Our clients understand that their representation is are far more important than an expensive address. Some law firms might be battling an extremely burdensome and large cost overhead. In other words, to survive, they may need to be a “factory firm” or “volume practice” that needs to process a vast amount of cases to be able to afford their superfluous costs, expenses, and overheadWe aggressively keep costs down so we can focus on you.

Don’t want to be treated like an account number, a settlement figure, or a wheel that needs to be turned to keep the law firm getting paid? We keep our costs low and use this financial freedom for our clients best interests.

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Consultation Questions To Ask Your Age Discrimination Lawyer

  • =What is an age discrimination lawyer do?

  • =Do I need an employment lawyer that practices age discrimination?

  • =Can an age discrimination attorney really help my case, even if I still work there?

  • =When should you hire an age discrimination law firm? 

  • =Is age discrimination common really that common?

  • =How do you hire an age discrimination attorney?

  • =How do you know when you need a lawyer?

  • =When should you address age discrimination at the office?

  • =What is my age discrimination case worth?

  • =Do I have an age discrimination case?

I trusted Mr. Kraemer with a rather difficult period of time for my family, and we came out on top. He is trustworthy and honest, incredibly helpful, and understanding. Five stars aren’t enough! Him and his staff are well experienced, and won’t let up until the truth is known and justice is served. Michael, it’s been a pleasure. I hope I never need your services again! If I do, I will not hesitate to give you a call.

Bob B.

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Michael Kraemer was the only lawyer who took my case and would be the only lawyer I’d rely on. He kept me informed and was very intellectual on the whole subject that my case was revolved around. I give Mr. Kraemer a 10 out of 10 and I would refer him and his associates to anyone who wants a well defined lawyer.

Andrew L.