Our Orange County age discrimination lawyers have years of experience fighting for the rights of employees, especially those who have been discriminated against due to their age. If you are more than 40 years old and have experienced discrimination or retaliation in the workplace, seek legal counsel with an employment attorney at Aegis Law Firm.
Age discrimination is defined by the EEOC as any act that involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of their age.
There are many ways that age discrimination shows up in the workplace, including:
If your employer has retaliated against you or treated you differently because of your age, contact our skilled Orange County age discrimination attorneys today for a free consultation.
California’s age discrimination law under FEHA applies to all employers who regularly employ five or more people. This includes:
Employees who have been unfairly treated in the workplace due to their age can seek a wide range of legal remedies and damages. Our team of trained age discrimination attorneys in Orange County are prepared to stand by your side and help you pursue compensation for the following:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 14,183 charges of age discrimination in 2020 alone, representing 21% of all discrimination charges. These charges resulted in $76.3 million in monetary benefits being paid out, though this number is likely much higher when considering additional benefits secured through litigation.
According to a 2018 survey conducted by AARP:
California employment law prohibits discrimination on the basis of age under Government Code §§12940 and 12941. Like the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) bars discrimination against individuals over the age of 40 under Government Code §12926(b). But the FEHA provides more remedies than federal law does. For example, California law allows recovery for emotional distress and punitive damages, with no statutory limit on damage awards.
It is generally unlawful under the FEHA to do any of the following on the basis of a person’s age:
California prohibits the use of salary as a basis for differentiating between employees when terminating employment under Government Code §12941. An employee may succeed on a claim of age discrimination by proving that the employer used salary as a basis for termination and the employer’s use of salary adversely affected older employees. While the statute limits itself to addressing salary, other differences between younger and older workers, such as promotions and benefits, may be challenged as age discrimination under the FEHA as well.
Notwithstanding the above, the FEHA does not make it unlawful for employers to promote within the existing staff, hire or promote on the basis of experience and training, rehire on the basis of seniority and prior service, or hire under specified established recruiting programs. You may also refuse to employ a person based on age, when required to do so by other laws (e.g., child labor laws) under Government Code §12940(a)(5).
FEHA also prohibits mandatory retirement ages, even in bona fide private pension or retirement plans. Employees who wish to work beyond any retirement date and express this wish to the employer must be allowed to do so beyond the date provided for in their respective pension or retirement plans under Government Code §12942.
For more information or to secure legal representation, call Aegis Law Firm at (949) 379-6250 for a free consultation with a skilled age discrimination lawyer in Orange County.