While loosing your job for any reason is always likely to cause you problems, if your redundancy is the result of discrimination based upon your age, then it is probably also illegal. In these circumstances, it is reassuring to know that in California, L.A. Age Discrimination Attorneys are available to help.
If you are over 40 and work at a firm with more than 20 employees, then you are protected under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). In addition, many parts of the country also have state laws which go even further than the ADEA.
The ADEA essentially makes it unlawful for employment decisions to be made on the basis of your age. Such decisions would include dismissal from employment or denial of employment opportunities.
Providing all things are equal, that you are adequately qualified and are physically and mentally capable of carrying out your duties, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you in favor of a younger person.
If these circumstances apply to you, it is possible to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”) or the Fair Employment Practices Agency (“FEPA”). Depending upon the results of their investigations they will undertake one of the following actions:
In the event of a successful lawsuit, you may be entitled to reinstatement, back pay and legal costs.
If you feel you have been the victim of unfair treatment and discrimination relating to your age in California, you will certainly benefit from the advice and services of our L.A. Age Discrimination Attorneys. For more information please contact us at Jackson & Associates.