There are many reasons that an employer in Texas may decide to end an employment relationship with a worker, and it is often a difficult decision, no matter how necessary. Disappointment or anger over the loss of a job may lead an employee who is 40 years old or older to believe that the action is a result of age discrimination rather than his or her own failure. Understanding federal and state antidiscrimination laws that deal with age can help an employer to eliminate the appearance of wrongful termination and prevent the negative consequences of litigation.
The AARP explains that the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects employees over the age of 40 from age discrimination in many circumstances, including forced retirement as well as termination. There are some job-specific exceptions where age may be a factor, though, and the law applies only to workers who are classified as employees and not independent contractors.