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, (formerly known as New Jersey EASE) 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 discriminated 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. State laws may extend this 180-day filing deadline to 300 days.
  • 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.

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