The Mission of the Working Boomer Advocate
“Focused on fighting age discrimination in employment”
Employment lawyer Dan Norwood believes there is a giant new problem in America today: age discrimination against the working baby boomers. This is discrimination against individuals who are age forty or older. For over thirty-eight years the law office of employment law attorney Dan Norwood has represented employees and groups of employees who have been unlawfully discriminated against in employment. He became known as the “Giant Killer” after being featured in a 1987 Memphis Magazine cover story for his success in suing discriminating employers and government. Because he now believes a “Giant Killer” is needed to fight this major new problem in our society, he is focusing his practice on fighting age discrimination in employment and has become the Working Boomer Advocate.
Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (the ADEA), it is illegal to discriminate against a person because of his or her age with respect to any term of employment, including hiring, promotion, pay and benefits, work environment, and termination.
This important federal law protects employees and job applicants who are 40 years of age or older, and it applies to employers with 20 or more employees. Under this law it is also illegal to retaliate against an employee who protests what he or she has a good faith belief is age discrimination in employment.
Before a job applicant or employee can sue in court under the ADEA for age discrimination, a discrimination charge must be filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Depending on which state the employer is located in, the applicant or employee will have either 180 or 300 days from the date he or she first learned of discriminatory treatment to file a discrimination charge with the EEOC.
There are many states which also have laws prohibiting age discrimination in employment. A job applicant or employee should contact the Working Boomer Advocate to find out if their state has such a law and the time limit and process for filing an age discrimination claim under that state law.
He is recognized for his knowledge and skill in the field of labor and employment law by being listed for many years in two peer-review publications, Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers.
Dan Norwood believes it is important to hold employers responsible for their actions when they violate their employees' rights. It is equally important to resolve conflicts as quickly as possible so an employee who has been wronged can get a remedy for the wrong and make a smooth transition to a better work environment. His goal is to intervene in workplace conflicts as soon as possible and negotiate or mediate a quick and fair resolution before a lawsuit has to be filed. If the conflict cannot be resolved through negotiation and a lawsuit has to be filed, Dan Norwood is a strong and effective advocate in the courtroom.