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If I file a complaint against my former employer, what kind of documentation do I need?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Indiana. I was fired last week from STAR Financial Bank in Indiana. 24 years, 7 months.

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Full time

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I feel there is age discrimination in the company as several co workers of my age, 62, have recently been terminated. Also the complaints filed against me all stem from being pressured, tested and harassed causing me to have a mental breakdown.

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In order to have a claim for age discrimination, you need to prove that the same adverse employment action would not have been taken against you if you were younger. It is important to understand that this is distinct from adverse employment action taken against you because of your conduct, or due to other reasons not related specifically to your age. If you can prove that you would not have been fired if you were younger, then you can pursue legal action against your employer with the first step being filing a complaint with the EEOC. The EEOC will investigate and attempt to mediate a resolution with your employer. That not forthcoming, they will either file a lawsuit on your behalf or issue you a "right to sue" letter, which will enable you to sue in civil court with the assistance of an attorney.

In terms of the evidence you need, you don't specifically need documentation. ANYTHING that tends to prove your case can generally be admitted. This includes your personal testimony, text messages, emails, memos, letters, the testimony of coworkers or bosses, circumstances such as the treatment of other older employees at the company, your employer's history of age discrimination complaints, etc. Basically, what it comes down to is whether you an convince a jury in light of all possible evidence that it is MORE LIKELY THAN NOT that the same adverse employment action would not have been taken against you if you were younger. If you think you can convince a jury of that, then you potentially have a viable claim for age discrimination.

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