Who is Protected Under Age Discrimination? ADEA / WLAD

May 28, 2021
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Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

Before you can understand who is protected under the age discrimination laws of 1967, known as ADEA/WLAD, you must understand what these mean. Please read on for more information from this employee attorney Seattle. 

ADEA is an abbreviation for the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. This law is protected, overseen, and enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you are a self-contracted individual hired by another person to do work privately or for a company, this law does not cover you. However, this law protects you when a company employs you and includes the following.  

  • This act or law says that an employer cannot discriminate against anyone 40 years of age or older for an employment opportunity based on your age. 
  •  An employer cannot hold a job promotion if you are 40 years of age or more. 
  • This law protects you from discharge from a job because of being 40 years of age or more.
  • This law prohibits any employer from withholding compensation, conditions, or privileges of employment if you are 40 years of age or older.  

Title VII, ADA or Americans with Disability Act and ADEA or Americans Disability Employment Act, prevent a covered labor organization from performing discriminatory practices and activities directed towards members. If you have a hearing deficit, labor organizations must provide you with an interpreter for sign language.

What is WLAD or Washington Law Against Discrimination?

Employment attorneys in Seattle Washington, explain how this law can affect an employer with eight or more employees, labor unions, or employment agencies. This law states that an employer cannot refuse to hire you if you have a disability unless you cannot do the job.

The state of Washington put into place laws that help protect you from job discrimination due to a temporary or permanent disability, such as,

  • Physiological disorder or condition
  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Physiological
  • Cosmetic disfigurement
  • Anatomical loss related to one or more body systems
  • Mental, developmental, traumatic, or psychological disorder
  • Emotional or mental illnesses
  • Learning disability
  • Sensory impairment

These seasoned employment lawyers in Seattle Washington, explain what you can do if you believe you encountered workplace discrimination. In addition, these laws protect you if you have experienced discrimination due to a disability. 

Defining Discrimination

  • If you have a mental or physical impairment that limits your daily life
  • If you have a history of a disability impairment
  • If you have a disability causing an impairment
  • A significant limitation of one or more activities of daily living such as walking, reading, communications, focus, impairment in normal body functions such as digestion, reproduction, respiratory, or immune systems

You are unique and different than someone else, meaning a disability affects each person differently. This disability does not have to prevent or restrict you from doing a significant activity in daily living to call the disability significantly restrictive for every individual. Determination of the ability to perform a major action can cause outbreaks and remissions. A disability is considered as such if it is an impairment with flare-ups and remissions, especially if an attack limits an activity significantly.

These differences between you and someone else depend on the following.

  • Conditions on which you perform the activity
  • How you do the activity
  • The duration in regards to how long it takes you to complete the activity compared with other people
  • Medications required
  • Technology is needed, such as a walker, crutches, or wheelchair. 
  • Behavioral modifications

You have a history of disabling health issues if, for example, you have a definitive diagnosis of lupus (a history of lupus) which at intervals shows excellent control, given the proper treatment. But, outbreaks of lupus are expected from time to time. 

When are you Covered Under these Laws? 

These laws cover you if you work for a private employer with fifteen or more on their payroll, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, United States Postal Service, federal contractors, employers, activities, and programs receiving federal money. These laws are on your side when you are qualified for a job but must consider your disability and when your employer treats you unfavorably because of your disability. Under these laws, 

  • Employers are obligated to provide you with reasonable accommodations to fulfill the job obligations that you are skilled at doing. It is the responsibility of your employer to,
  • Make the facility accessible
  • Restructure your job
  • Modify your needed equipment or schedule
  • Eliminate any hardships your job causes
  • Cannot discriminate against you if you are qualified for a job
  • If you have a friendship and strong relationship with an employee with a disability, it is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you.
  • If you have a close family member with a disability, your employer cannot discriminate against you. 

A Call to Action about Job Discrimination

If you or a loved one recently experienced job discrimination due to a disability and reside in Seattle, Washington, or surrounding areas, please call these Seattle Washington employment lawyers at 

Albert Law PLLC at 206-576-8044. Access our website for more information and our location. 

We are a leading law firm in Seattle with a remarkable record of wins for clients who experienced job discrimination, primarily due to a disability. We are an experienced and seasoned group of attorneys in the area of job discrimination. Your first call is free with no obligation. 

  • We will explain to you your legal options.
  • We can help educate you with the information you need regarding federal and state laws to prove your disability discrimination case. 
  • This Seattle employment lawyer will stand with you and help fight for your rights regarding Americans with Disabilities Act. 
  • We evaluate your discrimination case. 
  • We provide you with the legal advice necessary to win your case. 

Unfortunately, these leading Seattle Washington employment attorneys cannot help you until you give us a call today at 206-576-8044. We want to hear your unique story and help you with your discrimination case.