I've been employed for 19 years at my current position. My employer has made numerous remarks about my age and has told me my job is ending. Instead of going through a long legal ordeal, I would just rather negotiate a settlement, if possible, and move on.
You can always try and negotiate a severance agreement, however keep in mind that 99.9% of all severance agreements contain a clause stating that in exchange for the monies received by you that you will not and cannot then sue the employer thereafter.
Sorry to hear this. Not to sound like an advertisement for attorneys, but if you attempt to do this on your own you will be at a disadvantage. Employers have their severance agreements written by lawyers and they are almost always written in a way that heavily favors the employer. You might find yourself agreeing to things that hurt you as well as agreeing to an amount that may be too low. If you truly feel you are being discriminated against, I suggest you reach out for a consult with an employment discrimination attorney in your area...now. Many do so without charging any fee. Discuss the facts of your situation and get an informed, comprehensive opinion on whether your case has merit. That way you will know how to proceed. Also, employment attorneys negotiate severance packages as well. Best wishes to you.
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I agree with my colleagues regarding the negotiation. You may, however, be able to negotiate a severance package and still pursue an age discrimination claim. It is complicated and any recovery on your age discrimination suit may be subject to setoff but not prohibit a suit or require repayment of the negotiated package. You should consult an attorney regarding your specific facts. I wish you the best.
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