Age is a major factor in determining the reasonable termination notice period and in calculating severance pay. Age can also be considered a vulnerability. Because the reasonable notice period is partly dependent on the likelihood of finding a new job in the same field, an older employee is naturally at a disadvantage.

If your employer is requesting that you retire even though you have no desire to do so, this is a termination and could potentially qualify you for damages (and significant severance).

The older an employee is and the longer he or she has worked for the employer, the greater their entitlement.

As with the other vulnerabilities we’ve addressed in this post, both employees and employers are encouraged to have an employment lawyer review all employment contracts before signing.