Age Discriminations Claims for Employers or Employees
In LA, unlawful workplace discrimination comes in many forms and is often based on factors such as race, gender, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, in today’s economic climate, discrimination based on an employee’s age has become more commonplace and frequent. Often, companies may want to fire older employees to replace them with younger people who may work faster for less pay. However, both federal and state laws protect older employees from age discrimination and related adverse employment decisions.
If you suspect you have been the victim of unlawful age discrimination, you should contact a Los Angeles, California employment law attorney at HKM as soon as possible to discuss a potential discrimination claim against your employer or former employer. Our attorneys also represent employers in defending against a potentially false age discrimination claim.
Examples of Age Discrimination
Employees aged 40 years and older are protected from discrimination by the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Under these laws, employers may not use age as the main factor for the following actions:
- Refusing to hire an individual
- Denying an individual equal pay or pay increase
- Denying an individual a promotion
- Failing to invest in career development for an older employee
Most commonly, older employees are laid off before younger employees, because they are generally paid more than their younger counterparts and the company is trying to save money. Other employers may have the desire to maintain a “youthful” appearance in the company and therefore refuses to hire or retain older employees. Despite these intentions, taking adverse action against an employee based solely on age is against the law.
If you are an employee and believe you have been the victim of illegal age discrimination, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney from our firm. Furthermore, if you are an employer facing an age discrimination claim, you should also contact our firm to help with your defense. We know how to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each individual case to ensure the best resolution for you. It is always important to have quality representation from an attorney with extensive experience in discrimination claims and can stand up for your rights.
If you have suffered illegal discrimination in your workplace based on your age, you should contact a Los Angeles, California employment discrimination attorney at HKM Employment Attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a private consultation.