It has been reported that in the last 10 years, discrimination regarding age discrimination has dropped by almost 20 percent. Some would interpret this statistic as evidence to suggest that age discrimination is less prevalent in the working environment. However, many know anecdotally that this is simply not the case. With ever-advancing technological developments and a demand for younger workers, many experienced employees over the age of 40 experience wrongful termination and discrimination simply because of their age.
If you are a worker over the age of 40 in the state of California and you believe that you have become victim to age discrimination at work, you should not hesitate in learning more about your legal rights.
What can I do if I believe I have been discriminated against?
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is in place to protect workers aged 40 or over from being unfairly treated. The law is applicable to all areas of employment, and all stages, including hiring and firing.
Put simply, the ADEA makes it unlawful for an employer to fire a worker or take any other type of unfair action on the basis of their age. This principle also relates to decisions made about health and life insurance benefits that are included in employment contracts, as well as undue encouragement from employers for workers to take early retirement.
If you have experienced age discrimination in the state of California, you should feel empowered by the law and know that it is possible to make a successful claim in an age discrimination case.