An employer who gives a false reason for the discharge, e.g., position elimination, is evidence of pretext which, combined with other facts could indicate age or disability discrimination. Depending on the size of the employer, both state and federal law may apply to your situation.
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I do not practice within your state, however, from a federal context, it certainly seems like you may have a viable discrimination claim from the facts you present. You certainly should contact a local employment attorney to discuss your situation in further detail.
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Contact a employee rights attorney through Find A Lawyer, as you might have a viable claim.
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