Legal Assistance Available to Seniors
Under Title III of the Older Americans Act, it is mandated that each Area Agency on Aging have a Legal Assistance Program separate and apart from other services or programs. Low-income minority individuals over age 60 with the greatest social or economic need receive particular attention.
Call ADRC/AAA, Aging & Disability Resource Connection/Area Agency on Aging, at 877-222-3737. To find your local ADRC/AAA office click here.
Filing a Charge
Charges of unlawful discrimination due to age must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If you feel as if you have been victimized by age discrimination, you should file a complaint as soon as possible as there are strict time limits to hearing a claim of this nature.
Here is what you need to do:
- First, you must file a charge within 180 days of the discriminatory act.
- Second, you should also attempt to file a timely charge under applicable state law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) NJ office is located at 1 Newark Center, 21st Floor, Newark, NJ 07102, telephone 1.800-669-4000. For information about federal laws on job discrimination, call EEOC's toll-free number, 1-800-669-4000, or visit their website.
- Complaints of age discrimination may also be filed with the Division on Civil Rights, NJ Department of Law & Public Safety, PO Box 090, Trenton, NJ 08625-0090, telephone 609-292-4605.
Learn more about filing a charge here.
Gloucester County - Those 60 years or older and a resident of Gloucester County can have a simple will created for free. Learn more by calling (856) 686-8330.
Senior Legal Workshop
The Camden County Surrogate and the Freeholder Board’s Division of Senior & Disabled Services hold a series of free legal workshops for senior and disabled residents throughout the month. The sessions are held at the Camden County Store, located on the second level of the mall at Voorhees Town Center, Somerdale and Burnt Mill Roads, Voorhees. Those who attend may receive legal advice on a Last Will and Testament, an Advance Directive for Health Care and a Power of Attorney. Participants are required to be a Camden County resident aged 60 and over or a disabled citizen age 18 or older of Camden County. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call (856) 566-2920.