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Rick, the answer to your question is likely yes. Moreover, you may be the subject of age discrimination here as well - which is prohibited by federal law. By hiring an attorney in your area, you may be able to leverage them into a more attractive exit package by way of the threat of a civil law suit in federal court - which seems like a viable option here. In essence, hiring an attorney helps give you two bites out of the apple...(1) you may be able to leverage a better exit, and (2), if not, then you will already have an attorney in the wings to help file an EEOC complaint as well as the resulting federal law suit.
So, in short, hiring the attorney (which is not always necessary) would probably really help you in this particular situation...particularly if the employer has any semblance of knowledge about age discrimination suits.
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