Q & A Session – Age Discrimination


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


When a former logistics management specialist in my agency left, the decision was made to fill the vacancy with a female with no logistics management experience. I have spent 3 years as a supervisory logistics management section chief. This woman is considerably younger than me and is coming from an area outside of my branch, and I feel like I am being discriminated against due to my age. What rights do I have in this situation?


Age discrimination is against the law. You can use the EEO process to air your complaint. In most cases you have only 45 days to start the process, but that time limit in an age discrimination claim can be longer (but not if you want to use your agency’s administrative EEO process). Age discrimination claims can be harder to prove than other types of EEO and you may want to get legal advice before taking the big step of filing an EEO complaint.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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