It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their age. Workers over 40 are protected against age-based discrimination under the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Additionally, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers from discriminating against any employee because he or she is over 40 years of age. If you are 40 years of age or older and have been adversely affected by an action that resulted in demotion, termination or harassment because of your age, you have the right to pursue a case against your employer for unlawful age discrimination and recover lost wages, benefits and punitive damages.
Some examples of age discrimination in the workplace can include:
- Being fired because the employer wanted you replaced with younger staff
- Being passed over for a promotion you are qualified for because the employer wanted to hire someone younger
- Demotion or assignment of demeaning tasks outside of your job classification
- Being part of company layoffs where only older individuals were let go
- Being subjected to jokes or derogatory comments related to your age
- Receiving lower pay for the same work as other employees
- Being retaliated against for reporting age discrimination
If you have experienced any of these types of actions, don’t quit or fail to act. Know you have rights. At Mathew & George, we are committed to fighting injustices and discriminatory practices. Call us today at (310) 478-4349 or submit your information online to schedule a free consultation.