As new technologies become more and more important to modern businesses, age discrimination has become more pervasive. Find out if you may have a case for our L.A. Age Discrimination Attorneys by knowing your rights.
Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), workers over 40 have special protections in their employment, provided their employer meets specific criteria, such as employing more than 20 people. On top of federal law, most states offer additional protections. Often, state laws will cover individuals that work for smaller businesses.
Age discrimination protections prevent employers from hiring, firing, or making any other employment decisions based on age. Specifically, employers aren’t allowed to mention or imply an age preferences in a job descriptions. Likewise, age limits for training programs aren’t allowed. If you do file an age discrimination claim, your employer is prevented from retaliating in any way. Finally, forced retirement based on age is prohibited.
If you feel as if you have a claim that you would like to pursue, you should start by bringing it to your employer’s attention, preferably through an existing grievance process. If your employer feels that you have a strong case, he or she may choose to settle with you. If not, begin to collect documentation for your case and file your charge with the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (“DFEH”), or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).
After filing your charge, it is time to find a lawyer. Your lawyer will help walk you through the process in your state. After you have received your right to sue letter from the EEOC, you can proceed with your lawsuit.
By knowing the process, you can be better prepared to begin your age discrimination case. If you are searching for L.A. Age Discrimination Attorneys, contact us at Jackson & Associates to learn about your rights.