It is very well-known that many employers discriminate based on the age of their employees or prospective employees. This is usually driven by the cost of labor and the perceived potential progression of employees; however, it is never acceptable, and it is possible to make a legal claim against an employer for age discrimination.
If you believe that you have been fired because of your age, it is important that you take the time to understand your rights and learn what your legal options are. While age discrimination can be difficult to prove, it is often worthwhile.
What is the law when it comes to age discrimination?
The law protects all people from workplace discrimination on the grounds of several characteristics, including gender, disability, race, nationality and age. However, while the law is in place to prevent instances of discrimination and to protect those affected by it, unfortunately taking legal action successfully can be challenging.
In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled made a ruling that made things more difficult for employees making age discrimination claims. This ruling now means that an employer does not need to prove that the employment decision they made was not influenced by age. In other words, the employer is innocent until proven guilty in regard to age discrimination.
If you have some compelling evidence that your termination was directly influenced by your age, you may be able to make a successful legal claim. An experienced attorney can help you take action against age discrimination in the state of California.