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Steven Mitchell Sack Talks to Forbes about Age Equity in the Workplace
Forbes, 5/26/20
Steven Mitchell Sack, “The Employee’s Lawyer,” was interviewed by Forbes on the need to have an age-diverse workforce. Mr. Sack said companies discriminate against older job applicants by requiring them to have a college degree, although the person has enough work experience, or to take a physical, even if the job title doesn’t require one. He also said candidates should not be asked their date of birth, what year they graduated high school, and why they are seeking education at this point in their lives. In addition, Mr. Sack said, an employer should never tell the applicant they are overqualified.

Forbes Interviews Steven Mitchell Sack on Age Discrimination in Job Descriptions
Forbes, 5/24/20
Steven Mitchell Sack, “The Employee’s Lawyer,” spoke to Forbes on how companies may be discriminating against older job candidates because the job description may be too narrow.

Mr. Sack was shown an online advertisement from a pharmaceutical firm seeking a district sales manager. He noticed that the candidate should possess “no more than 5 to 10 years of Pharmaceutical Sales Leadership experience.”

“That advertisement looks pretty dicey to me,” Mr. Sack says, adding that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits limitations on age, experience or other specifications “and this ad clearly states a limit.”

He also said that, while age discrimination is the most difficult to prove, companies can be held liable if they include specific criteria in their job descriptions. “When you have direct evidence like this job ad, and it can be backed up by statistics such as the average age of the last 30 hires was 35, it can be used against a company in either an individual or class-action lawsuit,” he said.

Forbes Interviews Steven Mitchell Sack on How Companies Should Handle Layoffs during COVID-19 Outbreak
Forbes, 3/31/20
Steven Mitchell Sack, “The Employee’s Lawyer,” spoke to Forbes on how companies should properly lay off workers during the coronavirus outbreak. He suggests that newly hired employees should be let go first in order to avoid allegations of age discrimination against older workers. Another option, Mr. Sack suggested, was to reduce the workforce equally by age group.
He also recommended that employers should keep workers on the payroll for as long as possible. “If you have to lay people off, give them ample notice,” he said. “And if you have to terminate people, give them ample severance packages to help them through this time.” He also told employers, “Do the right thing in this time of crisis instead of looking for a way to save a penny. Remember, you’re dealing with people and it’s important to take care of them, especially when they’ve been taking care of you.”

Attorney Steve Sack was interviewed by Forbes
Forbes, 12/11/19
After practicing employment law in New York for 40 years, Sack’s list of do’s and don’ts won’t get your job back, but it will give you the leverage you need to negotiate a better package. Or, in some cases, the wisdom to know when to consult an employment lawyer.

Attorney Steve Sack was interviewed by Forbes
Forbes, 12/6/19
In the U.K., a woman of 22 years just won an age discrimination case against her former employer after being told she was “too young for the job.”