In California, employees over age 40 are protected from age-related discrimination / harassment by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Age discrimination (and discrimination in general) can take on many different forms, including demotions, unequal discipline, failure to promote/hire, lowered compensation, and termination. Employment policies that apply to everyone can also be illegal if it has a greater negative impact on applicants or employees age 40 or older.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal law that protects workers and job applicants age 40 and over from age-based discrimination in all aspects of employment. -AARP
Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA): The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, mental and physical disability, medical condition, age, pregnancy, denial of medical and family care leave, or pregnancy disability leave and/or retaliation for protesting illegal discrimination related to one of these categories, or for reporting patient abuse in tax supported institutions. You may file a private lawsuit under the Fair Employment & Housing Act. -California DFEH
Southern California Age Discrimination Lawyers
The employment lawyers at the California Employment Legal Group devote a substantial portion of their practice to protecting the rights of workers from unfair employment practices and unwarranted discrimination and harassment, including age discrimination in the workplace. The ability to work for a living is a basic human right, and it is in the interest of everyone to try to achieve a workplace characterized by respect for human dignity. We are passionate about protecting that right, and we are committed to workplace justice for all Californians. We will investigate your situation and assist you with all paperwork that you’ll need to file before initiating a lawsuit. If you’re still on the job, we will monitor your situation to make certain that no one is attempting to retaliate against you, which is illegal. The great majority of age discrimination claims are settled out of court. Nevertheless, you want to make sure that the age discrimination attorney you select has the litigation experience and skill to take your case to a jury if an agreement is not reached before trial.
The California Employment Legal Group will never back down from trying a case. From the day your case comes into our office, we will prepare it for trial. Whenever possible we will attempt to get an award of both compensatory and punitive damages to increase the amount of your recovery and deter the employer from allowing further age discrimination in the future. Protect your rights. Call the California Employment Legal Group today for a free case evaluation.