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Avoid Age Discrimination Lawsuits: Lessons Learned From Claims

Christine McHugh, Esq., ARM
January 2023

Why Read This

Age discrimination remains a common allegation in employment claims. United Educators (UE) reviewed more than 400 age discrimination claims that higher education and K-12 institutions received from 2016 through 2020. Understanding trends can help institutions identify ways to prevent age discrimination — or allegations of it — from happening on campus.

Key Takeaways

  • Document employee performance regularly and record performance deficiencies and improvement opportunities.
  • Treat employees consistently when changing benefits, office space, and terms of employment.
  • Respond to discrimination allegations; don’t let discriminatory behavior persist.
  • Use your policies and engage in levels of review to ensure employee dismissal decisions receive sufficient consideration.

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