Workplace Age Discrimination
In the workplace, discrimination based on a person’s characteristics and/or membership in a group violates California employment law. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) – a California state law – prohibits and protects against forms of discrimination in the workplace. This article will focus on one of such forms of workplace discrimination: age discrimination. It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against their employee based on the employee’s age. The below article provides only general information about this FEHA violation; we encourage you to reach out to us if you believe you have been the victim of age discrimination at your workplace.
The Law Against Age Discrimination
FEHA rules on the workplace apply to all employers who employ at least five people and, as such, most businesses in California are subject to FEHA rules. In order for an employee to bring forward a lawsuit citing age discrimination, they must have been at least 40 years old and their employer must have acted in an unlawful manner due to the employee’s age. What are some of the possible actions an employer can take? Age discrimination can occur in a multitude of ways and they often impact an employee’s promotion, salary, work environment, and ability to receive medical leave.
Bringing Forth a Lawsuit
Not all individuals associated with a business can sue based on age discrimination. It usually only applies to employees. Groups that are excluded from this include those on unpaid internships and volunteers. It is important to note that age discrimination can manifest not just during employment but also before it. For example, job applications for employee positions cannot be disregarded simply because of the applicant’s age. If you believe that your employer discriminated against you because of your age, please reach out to us at Law Advocates Group. Our experienced team of lawyers will work with you to ensure that your legal rights are met.