If You Feel You’ve Been the Victim of Age Discrimination at Your Work, Talk to an Experienced Employment Attorney About Your Case
Age discrimination in the workplace comes in many forms, from the subtle to the overt. Some of the more common examples of age-based discrimination include a preference for hiring younger employees, age-based remarks or harassment, forced early retirement, and being overlooked for promotions or opportunities for advancement.
At Orange County Employment Law Firm, we have no tolerance for workplace ageism and are passionate about helping older workers fight back against discriminatory policies and practices. With our extensive experience in handling a wide range of workplace discrimination cases, we know how to determine if you have a case and, if you do, what steps need to be taken to quickly and efficiently obtain the maximum compensation you are owed.
Call us today to tell us about your age discrimination claim. We promise to always strive for the best possible judgment and guarantee that there will be NO FEE unless we win your case.
There Are Federal & State Laws in Place to Protect Workers Over the Age of 40 from Age Discrimination
Federal Law: Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
Federal and California laws prohibit employers from using an employee’s age as a basis for employment decisions (if the employee is at least 40 years old). For example, it is illegal for an employer to limit its job search to younger applicants because it believes they will not demand as high of pay, to discourage older employees from applying for training programs or promotions, or to target older workers for layoffs.
In 1967, Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) which prohibits employers from discriminating against older workers, specifically, those workers aged 40 and above. At the time of its enactment, it was not uncommon for employers to force employees to retire when they reached a certain age. The ADEA protected employees from these types of arbitrary decisions.
The ADEA applies to employers with at least 20 employees. The ADEA prevents such employers from discriminating in employment against workers aged 40 or older, and, makes it unlawful for an employer to discharge any individual or otherwise to discriminate against any individual in respect to his or her compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Discrimination in the provision of benefits is also prohibited.
California Law: Fair Employment and Housing ACT (FEHA)
California Law prohibits age discrimination. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects workers aged 40 or older from discrimination in the workplace or in hiring practices.
While the law is similar to the ADEA, it has a wider span. FEHA applies to smaller employers: Any employer with at least five employees is covered by the law.
Speak to an Age Discrimination Attorney in Orange County Within 24 Hours
If you believe that you have been the victim of age discrimination, call Orange County Employment Law Firm for a free consultation. Within 24 hours, you’ll be able to discuss your claim with a local age discrimination lawyer in Orange County. If you become a client of ours, you can expect easy access to your attorney and case manager, and a personalized experience specifically tailored to your needs. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, we only recover our legal fees if we obtain a settlement for you.
Orange County Employment Law Firm is centrally located in Orange County, California, so we can readily handle age discrimination cases throughout Irvine, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Tustin, and surrounding areas.