No one expects to become embroiled in an employment discrimination case – especially if they had had a positive experience at work in the months and years before that.
Unfortunately, employers sometimes do make decisions on whom to hire or fire based on how old the applicant is, or because she is a woman, or has dark skin, or worships a different god. When they do, they may be breaking the law; state and federal employment discrimination laws prohibit employers from taking actions against job applicants and employees because of gender, color, race, age, religion, national origin, or disability.
Challenging that decision in court, though, can become a long, personally painful process, as the story of “Jeff” makes all too clear. Though fiction, this experience is typical of employment discrimination cases we’ve seen over the years.
As “Jeff” and his attorney completed his application for pre-settlement funding from USClaims, he couldn’t help but wonder how it had come to this. He had been a good cop. Until two years ago, everyone in and around the police department would have told you that he was a great cop.
For almost 30 years, he had worked his way up the police department’s ladder, from rookie patrolman all the way to lieutenant. Everyone in the community knew him, because even though he had handled every crime people might imagine in his little suburban town (and a few they wouldn’t imagine), Jeff still found time to give countless safety presentations at school and run the police booth at the annual community fair.
Jeff had spent his whole career working hard to learn his town, inside and out. He knew how to serve and protect it better than anyone, excepting the chief of police. That’s why, when the chief retired, Jeff did exactly what everyone expected he would do: he applied to become the next chief of police.
There were just two problems. The first was that Jeff was 54 years old. The second was that Jeff didn’t know his age would become a problem.
When it became apparent that the other two finalists for the job were outside candidates, both of whom were at least 10 years younger than Jeff, he chalked it up to the town council wanting it to appear as though the hiring process had been competitive. When, during the final round of interviews, Jeff was asked numerous times about his own retirement plans, and was told that the council wanted someone to commit to the chief’s job “for the long term,” he began to feel uneasy.
Finally, when the job went to one of the younger candidates, Jeff suspected he had been discriminated against because of his age. He consulted an attorney, who analyzed the facts and told Jeff that, in his opinion, what Jeff’s employer had done was against the law. So, with his attorney’s advice, Jeff sued his employer.
Two years into the legal process, Jeff and his attorney are confident that justice eventually will prevail. In the meantime, however, Jeff’s career is in limbo.
If Jeff’s story sounds anything like yours, or if you know someone like Jeff, we’d like to make sure you know about our company. With your attorney’s help, USClaims will assess your application for pre-settlement funding. If we approve your application, you may receive your pre-settlement funds within days. No more putting plans on hold. No more fending off bill collectors. USClaims only gets paid if you receive proceeds from a settlement or a judgment against the defendant in your case. Jeff paid his dues. Now USClaims is helping him pay his bills.
At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.