Can they make me retire?

Our workplace is dismissing employees, either firing or encouraging people to retire. What are the steps to take if I’m called in and they want me to retire? Getting a different job will be difficult for me. Is workman’s compensation an option? Yikes!

Posted 09-23-2011

Ann Kiernan replies:

Unless you are a corporate bigwig, or an airline pilot, air traffic controller, first responder, or military member, mandatory retirement is illegal age discrimination. Unless you have been injured or exposed to hazardous substances on the job, workers’ comp is not applicable here.

You may want to consult a local employment law attorney. If you do not know one, you may want to search your state’s listings at the National Employment Lawyers Association, or to contact your local bar association for a referral. Good luck.


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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.