If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, you have probably seen it before: an employer discriminating against employees based on sex, race, religion, or disability. But are you aware that age discrimination is also possible? The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals from employment discrimination based on age. If you believe you or someone you know has been unlawfully discriminated against, act now. Your age should have no bearing on employment opportunities.
WHAT IS AGE DISCRIMINATION?
Under the ADEA, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person 40 years of age or older because of his/her age. In this case, discriminating refers to any term, condition, privilege, or condition of employment. This includes hiring, firing, layoff, promotion, benefits, assignments, training, compensation, and more. In fact, the law permits employers to favor older employees over younger ones even when doing so will adversely affect younger workers. The ADEA is applicable to employers with 20 or more employees and includes local, state, and federal governments, labor organizations, and employment agencies.
If you have been the victim of age discrimination, you have the right to take legal action and receive court awarded monetary damages. In the state of California, The Fair Employment and Housing ACT (FEHA) requires the victim of age discrimination to file a complaint within one year of the alleged unlawful discrimination. Upon the filing of the complaint with the Department of Fair Employment & Housing, the appointed division is legally required and allowed to investigate your allegations to determine their validity.
THE NEED FOR A GOOD LAWYER
If you decided to file a lawsuit after the investigation, you will need a good lawyer on your side. Age discrimination lawsuits can be emotional and complicated, and it will be important to have an experienced and qualified legal team on your side. Because the laws and legislation are constantly changing in the state of California, you want a lawyer that stays current and active with fluctuations in state law.
LAW OFFICES OF MANN & ELIAS
At the law offices of Mann & Elias, we have years of experience helping victims take justified legal action against age discrimination in the workplace. If you have been affected by unlawful age discrimination from an employer, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We have more than 40 years of combined experience and would be happy to provide you with a free consultation.