Federal and State laws protect workers from employment discrimination based on age. Under the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), it is illegal for an employer to fire, refuse to hire or otherwise discriminate against an employee on the basis of age. Similar rules apply in California, under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Age discrimination occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee or discriminates against an employee based on age. If you believe you have been subjected to age discrimination at work, you may be able to secure relief under State or Federal Law.
Common examples of age discrimination in the workplace include:
- Being fired because the employer wanted a younger workforce
- An employer refusing to hire someone because the employer wanted a younger person to fulfill job duties.
- Being turned down for a promotion based on age
- Being harassed at work about your age, including insults, remarks or derogatory comments about your age.
- Company lay offs or downsizing where only older employees were let go.
If you feel you have been the victim of age discrimination, been denied employment opportunities, or been treated unfairly by your employer as a result of your age, contact the Stanley C. Franklin law firm where we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights.