Termination from a job can occur for any number of reasons and have a lasting effect on a person of any age; however, when that termination is unfair or against the law, an individual can and should take some kind of action. One option for Colorado employees may be to pursue civil suits against employers. In fact, a news reporter has recently filed suit against his news station alleging age discrimination.
The reporter at the heart of the suit is a 72-year-old man. He worked as an investigative producer. He started work at the station in 2006 and was fired in 2012. He was 69 years old at the time he was let go.
The man contends comments were directed at him that were derogatory. One such comment referred to him as a grumpy old man. There is also the issue of being replaced by a younger person, and it is unclear what role that may play in the case. The employer says inadequate performance was the reason the man was fired. The case has been put on hold because the judge involved recused himself from the case.
While this particular case may hang in the balance, age discrimination occurs in Colorado and elsewhere, and employees may find legal action is the best remedy. These cases can be complicated, but the employee wronged may find a successful case can provide much-needed compensation. An age discrimination case can result in the payment of lost wages, reinstatement of a job and benefits or other compensation that can help the employee move forward.
Source: adweek.com, "Former KNBC Reporter's Age Discrimination Suit Goes to Trial", Kevin Eck, Nov. 9, 2015