Experienced Age Discrimination Attorneys in Pasadena, California
At Romero Law, our skilled Pasadena employment law attorneys know California employees can be subjected to workplace discrimination in many ways. Unfortunately, one of the emerging forms of this unlawful behavior includes discriminating against employees for their age — specifically those who are over 40.
As companies throughout the state work to remain competitive, they are always on the lookout for new talent, often for less money, which can lead to older, higher ranking, and higher paid, employees being wrongfully terminated.
If you have been discriminated against because of your age or targeted for release from work because you are over 40, you may have a legitimate employment law claim. We can help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue your employer for their unlawful behavior, starting with a free consultation. Contact us now to learn more.
What State and Federal Laws Protect Employees from Age Discrimination in California?
In California, there are both state and federal laws that protect employees from age discrimination in the workplace.
The California Civil Rights Department (CRD) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prohibit employers from engaging in adverse employment actions based on age.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects certain employees who are over 40 from employment discrimination, and applies to most U.S. employers with 20 or more employees.
The ADEA protects both applicants and employees aged 40 and older from discrimination based on their age during the following processes:
- Promoting or Advancing
- Transferring, Demoting, or Assigning Unfavorable Job Assignment
- Discharging, including Constructive Discharges
Employers also may not take their employees’ ages into account when negotiating the terms, conditions, or privileges of their employment.
If you believe you have been discriminated against because you are over the age of 40, contact our experienced discrimination attorneys in Pasadena to discuss your case today.
Our Pasadena Employment Law Attorneys Also Focus on the Following Practice Areas:
- Employment Misclassification
- Fair Employment and Housing Act
- Racial Discrimination
- Wage & Hour Law
- Whistleblower Retaliation
- Workplace Safety Lawsuit
- Disability Discrimination
- Employment Law FAQ
- Employment Discrimination
- Employment Harassment
- Family and Medical Leave Act
Hostile Work Environments are Also Illegal in California
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the CRD both prohibit harassment in the workplace, no matter the company’s size, the number of employees, or whether it operates publicly, privately, in labor organizations, or in/for employment agencies.
This is important because employees who are 40 or over are often subjected to harassment to push them away or make them uncomfortable enough to move on. This is illegal.
Ageism in the workplace is becoming increasingly common as younger employees work to separate themselves from older company processes and other employees that they believe are not evolving with technology or other practices they deem essential.
As age gaps become more prevalent in the workplace, discrimination, harassment, and hostility also continue to increase. If you believe you are being unfairly targeted because of your age, or know you are being discriminated against, we can help you pursue the legal remedies that fit your unique circumstances. Contact us today to discuss your legal needs during a free consultation.
How Can I Prove I Am Being Discriminated Against for My Age?
California workplace discrimination can manifest in many ways. First, it may start with comments about your age that are veiled as jokes or misunderstandings. Later, you may find that you are being left out of meetings or not considered for projects because they require a “younger” approach.
As the harassment and discrimination continue, it may be an attempt to force you to move on by creating an intolerable work environment until you quit. This is called constructive discharge, and it is also illegal in California.
If you believe you are being discriminated against at work because you are over 40:
- Keep records of all instances of discrimination, including the dates, times, and people involved in the unlawful activity.
- Save all communication, including emails, text messages, or voicemails that can help support your claims.
- Report the discrimination to your Human Resources department, or a direct supervisor.
- Maintain a journal on how the report was handled, including any retaliation for reporting unlawful adverse actions.
If you are being discriminated against because you are over 40, the employment law attorneys at Romero Law can help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue your employer for the legal result you deserve.
Contact Our Skilled Employment Law Attorneys in Pasadena, California Today
Contact our experienced Los Angeles County employment law attorneys to discuss your unique workplace circumstances today.
Our employment law firm and bilingual staff offer services in both English and Spanish and are available now to discuss your case during a free consultation by calling 626-396-9900 or contacting us online.