Age discrimination is when a person is prejudice or stereotypes based upon another person’s age. This form of discrimination typically occurs within the workplace and the victims tend to be people who are over the age of 40. Age discrimination frequently affects employment decisions, as a company may choose not to hire a person, or fire a person solely upon his/her age.
If you have been a victim of age discrimination in the workplace contact the employment rights attorneys at the Joseph Farzam Law Group.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
In 1967, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA) was passed in order to protect older workers from workplace discrimination. The ADEA protects individuals who are over the age of 40 and forbids discrimination based upon a person’s age. This Act protects both job applicants and employees and forbids discrimination related to aspects of employment including, but not limited to:
- Discriminatory Hiring Practice
- Firing or Wrongful Termination Based on Age
- Inadequate Benefits or Compensation
- Failure to Provide Overtime Wages
- Layoffs and Promotions based one age preference
- Failure to Properly Training
Age based Harassment and Bullying: Acts of aggression against older workers are of increasing concern. Specific acts of bullying and harassment at work can include being followed, constant unwarranted retaliatory acts by the employer, being forced to work longer hours than other employers and excluded and socially isolated by employer because of age.
Duty of Employers: Age discrimination should never be tolerated and it should also never go unreported. If a person has been subjected to discrimination due to his/her age in the workplace, the person should consider speaking with an experienced employment law attorney. By speaking with an employment lawyer, a person can discuss their individual situation and be provided with much needed direction. Additionally, the person can be assured that his/her discrimination case is taken seriously and that his/her civil rights remain protected.
Who Does the Law Protect: The ADEA applies to places of business who have at least 20 or more employees for 20 or more calender weeks in the current or proceeding calender year. The ADEA however contains notable exceptions including compulsory retirement of employees over the age of 65 and is entitled to benefits or at least $44,000. In some circumstances, the ADEA will allow state government mandatory retirement for certain state and local occupations including police officers, firefighters and other civil service employees.
Los Angeles Age Discrimination Attorney
The Joseph Farzam Law Firm has helped numerous age discrimination victims throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas. At the Joseph Farzam Law Firm, we understand how violated age discrimination victims feel, which is why we strive to offer all of our clients compassionate, yet reliable legal counsel and direction. Our firm has achieved a successful record of obtaining tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements against some of the largest employers in the nation for their discriminatory practices against their workers.
Our track record speaks for itself. Contact our Law Office today to discuss your Los Angeles age discrimination case!
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