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My husband and myself have been employed by the same company

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My husband and myself have been employed by the same company for the past 25 years. We are a video production team and I take on additional chores of writing publications for the company. The two brothers that hired us originally, have basically turned the management of the company over to their two sons. Last June, I went to a meeting with the two sons, the head of Human Resources, and my former manager who is now working free-lance. I was told in no uncertain terms that the younger son (age 33) was taking over the the audio/visual department and that a friend of theirs, also a male (age 35) will be taking over my writing duties. I am 66 years old, my husband is 72. I got the distinct feeling that as of that day, we had been terminated. However the next day, I got an email from the second son saying he may have jumped the gun because we had 25 years worth of video footage and script documents to catalog and return to the company, so we would be employed until December 31, 2015. (We worked from a home office in New Jersey where we have a video studio and where all the video is stored. The company is in New York state.) We have both had excellent performance reviews and have done excellent work, but my research of the "top 10 things employers should NOT do if they are going to let employees go," show my employer's actions guilty of 6 of them. Can you give me some advice? I'm not ready to retire and my husband, despite his age, is energetic, creative, healthy and totally capable of continuing the work. Any help you can offer? Since my husband and I both work for the same company, this is a double whammy.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question. I am a licensed New Jersey professional and will be happy to assist you with your concerns.

If I may ask, how many employees does this company employ at this time? I ask because at least as a preliminary suspicion, it appears to be a potential age discrimination claim, but I would need to know more to be sure. Please advise!