Age Discrimination

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Age Discrimination

Imagine the following scenario

You live In Idaho and work for a small- to mid-sized company. In your late 40s, you worked at the company most of your career and hold a good reputation with management. You apply for a promotion that you think you will get because you believe that you are the best and most experienced candidate. However, the promotion goes to a younger and less qualified candidate. You are surprised but confident that the next time you seek a promotion, there will be a different result. However, when you apply for a different promotion six months later, the same thing happens. Once again, you lose out to a younger and demonstrably less qualified candidate. You are discouraged and think that perhaps your age was a factor in the company’s decision for the first time. You are not sure what to do.

If the above scenario, or any variation of it, sounds familiar, your first move should be to contact a law firm that focuses on age discrimination law in the workplace. Fortunately, such a firm exists in Boise – Idaho Employment Law Solutions.


In its simplest and most basic terms, age discrimination in a work setting occurs when you are mistreated based solely upon your age. Age discrimination may occur if you are not hired due to your age or are improperly laid off or discharged because of it. It may occur in the types of assignments you receive or the work evaluations you are given. It may be reflected in the salary you receive or in your unsuccessful pursuit of promotions. It might manifest itself in harassment you receive in the workplace and your employer’s inability or refusal to prevent it. To be successful in an age discrimination claim, you must demonstrate that your age’s treatment violated a federal or state statute enacted in order to avoid age discrimination.

An age discrimination claim is highly fact-sensitive, as there are certain circumstances in which being treated differently due to your age is perfectly lawful and acceptable. Although older workers are more commonly victimized by age discrimination, younger employees may also fall victim to it. Accordingly, the knowledge and talent of an experienced age discrimination lawyer are essential for the prosecution of your claim.

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Headed by R.A. (Ron) Coulter, Lieutenant Colonel USMC (Ret.), our firm is skilled and knowledgeable in employment and age discrimination law. A respected member of the Idaho State Bar and the local African American community, combining the determination and work ethic of a Marine who rose through the ranks due to his demonstrable talents with a seasoned and analytical legal mind, Ronaldo (Ron) A. Coulter will advise you as to the strengths and weaknesses of your potential legal claim. If he determines that you have a claim, he and his firm are there to work tirelessly on your behalf and guide you through a complex, multi-step legal process. You could ask for no better advocate to protect your legal rights.

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Age discrimination can be overt and easily seen, or it can be camouflaged, making it more difficult to detect and prove. In general, there are four recognized types of age discrimination: 1) direct discrimination; 2) indirect discrimination; 3) harassment; and 4) victimization.


This Act, which applies to any activity or entity that receives monetary aid from the federal government, prohibits discrimination on the basis of age. It is the statutory basis for most age discrimination lawsuits.

Ageism in the Workplace – Examples of Age Discrimination

Simply stated, ageism in the workplace, or age discrimination, is a prejudice against someone because of their age.

Obvious examples of age discrimination include firing or otherwise badly treating an employee because of the individual’s age.

Other examples of age discrimination are less overt and more subtle and can occur during the hiring phase or in the workplace. These include:

Unless the company has a justifiably valid reason for the above conduct, a victim of such conduct will likely be protected by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.


Live in Idaho and believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your age? Your first step must be to contact a law firm knowledgeable in both employment and anti-discrimination law to evaluate your potential legal claim. Fortunately, such a firm exists in Boise, Idaho Employment Law Solutions.

For a small initial consultation fee, the firm will examine whether your claim has merit. If it does, and you decide to retain our firm, we will explain in detail the many steps involved in advancing your claim and settling the matter to your satisfaction. We have extensive experience litigating age discrimination claims and will always advocate diligently on your behalf.

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Idaho Employment Law Solutions is an African-American and Veteran-owned law firm providing quality and efficient legal counsel to businesses, organizations, employers/employees, and individual multi-cultural clients located throughout Idaho.

Idaho Employment Law Solutions is skilled in handling discrimination charges based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, race, national origin and pregnancy submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor. Idaho Employment Law Solutions has extensive experience in handling employee complaints about discrimination or harassment before those complaints become official charges of discrimination. Idaho Employment Law Solutions is experienced in guiding its business clients through sexual harassment investigations and provides advice on a case-by-case basis about the most effective way for the employer and employee to address discrimination claims. Contact us today at (208) 401-9343.

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I highly recommend Attorney Ron Coulter for his exceptional consultation services. From the moment I met with him, I was thoroughly impressed by his informative and phenomenal guidance. Facing uncertainty about how to proceed with my legal matters, Attorney Coulter skillfully mapped out a step-by-step plan for me, using excellent scenarios that clarified the complex issues at hand. His extensive expertise across various legal areas was evident as he addressed my questions with clarity and precision. Despite my eagerness to hire him on the spot, Attorney Coulter patiently explained the necessary process I had to navigate before reaching that decision. Furthermore, he went above and beyond by providing valuable referrals for my future legal needs. His professionalism, knowledge, and commitment to client understanding make him a standout choice for anyone seeking legal counsel.
Tamara Reynolds, M.Psy, DHA
I was involved in an administrative procedure which could have ultimately led to my termination of employment. I contacted Idaho Employment Law Solutions which is owned and operated by Ron Coulter, a career U.S. Marine Corps Officer. The qualities that impressed me most about Ron, was that nothing was “sugar coated”, Ron was up-front, straight forward, and Ron told me what to expect at each phase of the administrative process. When I asked a question, Ron always took care to provide a complete answer which very often included a follow-up legal analysis that a lay person could understand. Ron is an outstanding and experienced employment law attorney. He was reassuring and effective in his representation of me in this administrative procedure. There is no doubt, that the selection of Idaho Employment Law Solutions was the correct choice
Charlene Hamilton
Ron Coulter at Idaho Employment Law Solutions has been an essential part of my small business team for over 16 years. He worked with my company to develop company handbooks, employment contracts, and employee training. His preventative work was key to our success when faced with an actual employee contract dispute in court. I am grateful to Ron’s attention to detail, phenomenal work ethic, and genuine care for his clients. Idaho Employment Law Solutions is a great partner for small businesses who want to succeed.
Codi Galloway
Ron Coulter at Idaho Employment Law Solutions provided knowledgeable guidance and respectful support during some particularly troublesome times with a former employer. Ron has extensive expertise and knowledge in many legal areas and was always willing to address my concerns with honesty and directness. Ron not only exceeded my expectations with the knowledgeable information he provided in a very timely manner, but he also made me feel like he cared for me as a person. After each visit, I felt like I was better equipped to confidently make informed decisions. In a stressful time, Ron left me feeling like I had a friend I could rely on as I navigated a difficult situation and had to make tough decisions. I highly recommend contacting Ron for your employment law needs.
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