Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect individuals who are 40 years or older from employment discrimination based on age. While the ADEA applies to employers in industries affecting commerce with 20 or more employees, the FEHA provides wider protection by covering smaller employers with at least 5 employees.

Both federal and California state law make it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person because of his or her age (40 years or older) with respect to any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment – including, but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotions, layoffs, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training. The most common form of age discrimination occurs when an employer attempts to remove highly compensated and experienced employees over 40 in favor of younger and less qualified individuals.

Unfortunately, employees are often subjected to unfair employment practices in the workplace, such as age discrimination. Despite an employee’s many years of loyal service, it is not uncommon for employers to unlawfully terminate older workers’ employment because of their age. These actions should not be tolerated.

If you feel you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment because of your age, please contact our office to discuss your legal rights.