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Actress Sues for Age Discrimination

An age discrimination case in the current news has caught the attention of pop culture. This is because an actress is suing the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for revealing her age on its website. The woman had a subscription to IMDbPro in order to showcase her acting credits. The suit alleges that the site took her personal information and used it to find her date of birth, and then listed it on the website. She claims she repeatedly asked them to take the date down, and they did not.

As a result, the actress says she has lost a substantial amount of employment opportunities and earnings due to her age being revealed and the ensuing age discrimination. She is seeking $75,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.

This may be an extreme example, but age discrimination is alive and well in the workplace, whether your workplace is an office or a Hollywood soundstage. You need to know that you are protected. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects those 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. This applies to both job applicants and employees. Under the ADEA, it’s illegal to discriminate against someone because of his or her age in regard to any aspect of employment, including:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Promotion
  • Compensation/benefits
  • Assignments/reassignments

Have you been forced into retirement? Or been let go and replaced with a younger employee? Talk to the age discrimination attorneys at Deutsch Atkins, P.C. to ensure your rights are protected and you are compensated for your losses.

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