Employees who are 40 years of age and older are protected from discrimination and harassment based on their age. Because there is a direct and legally identifiable correlation between age and income level, age discrimination often occurs when the employer seeks to reduce the high cost of older workers’ salaries by terminating workers over 40 and replacing them with younger, cheaper workers. Workplace discrimination or wrongful termination based on age may also occur in circumstances where the employer enacts a neutral policy that has a disparate impact on older workers, or where an employer undertakes a reduction in its workforce that predominately results in the termination of workers over 40. Age discrimination in the workplace is illegal in California, age discrimination is illegal in California.
You may be a victim of age discrimination when your employer pressures you to retire, treats you differently due to your age, or replaces you with a younger employee (under 40), to name a few. We have a team of experienced attorneys who recognize age discrimination when they see it. If you think you have experienced age discrimination, seek the legal advice of an experienced employment attorney. The attorneys at Potter Handy, Employment Law Group will help you fight against age discrimination in the workplace.