In today’s workforce, age should be just a number, not a barrier to employment or a reason for unfair treatment. Yet, age discrimination remains a prevalent issue, affecting many seasoned professionals’ career trajectories. Understanding your rights and knowing how to fight back legally is crucial.

PLBH, a Southern California employment law firm, is dedicated to assisting employees in navigating the complexities of age discrimination claims and securing justice. Contact us at (800) 435-7542 for a legal consultation.

Recognizing Age Discrimination

Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of their age. It only applies to employees who are 40 years old or older. It’s important to recognize the various forms this discrimination can take, including:

In Hiring Practices

  • Preferring younger candidates for no reason related to job performance.
  • Job postings specifying a preference for younger applicants.

In the Workplace

  • Jokes, comments, or remarks that are derogatory regarding an employee’s age.
  • Exclusion from training or professional development opportunities.

In Layoffs and Promotions

  • Older employees being targeted first for layoffs.
  • Younger employees being promoted over more qualified older employees.

Legal Protections Against Age Discrimination

Several laws protect employees and job applicants from age discrimination, providing a foundation to fight back legally.

Federal Laws

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age.

California State Laws

  • The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) offers protections against age discrimination for employees and job applicants in California, reinforcing the protections provided by federal law.

Steps to Take if You Experience Age Discrimination

Document Everything

  • Keep a detailed record of any comments, decisions, or actions that you believe are discriminatory.
  • Save emails, memos, and any other communications that might support your claim.

Report the Discrimination

  • Follow your employer’s procedure for reporting discrimination. This might involve speaking to your supervisor, human resources, or another designated official.
  • If internal reporting does not resolve the issue, you may need to escalate the matter.

File a Complaint

  • Before filing a lawsuit, you typically need to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
  • These agencies may mediate the dispute or grant you a “right to sue” letter.

How PLBH Can Assist You

Providing Expert Legal Advice

  • PLBH offers a comprehensive analysis of your situation to determine the viability of your age discrimination claim.
  • We guide you through the complexities of both federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

Representing Your Interests

  • From filing a complaint with the appropriate agencies to negotiating settlements or representing you in court, PLBH stands by your side.
  • Our experienced attorneys are skilled in litigating age discrimination cases, aiming for the best possible outcome for our clients.

Ensuring Your Rights Are Protected

  • We work diligently to ensure that your rights under the ADEA, FEHA, and other relevant laws are fully protected.
  • PLBH is committed to fighting for justice and holding employers accountable for age discrimination.

Why Choose PLBH?

Specialized Expertise in Employment Law

  • With a focus on employment law, PLBH brings specialized knowledge and experience to age discrimination cases.
  • Our attorneys stay updated on the latest legal developments and strategies to combat age discrimination effectively.

Personalized Legal Strategies

  • We understand that every age discrimination case is unique. PLBH crafts personalized legal strategies tailored to the specifics of your case.
  • Our goal is to not only address the immediate issue but also to secure your professional future.

Proven Track Record

  • PLBH has a proven track record of successfully resolving age discrimination cases, whether through settlements or court victories.
  • Our commitment to our clients and expertise in employment law has established us as a trusted advocate for workers in Southern California.

Facing age discrimination can be a challenging and disheartening experience. However, you don’t have to navigate this path alone. PLBH is here to provide the legal support and guidance you need to fight back against age discrimination. For expert advice and representation, contact us at (800) 435-7542. Together, we can work towards a fair and just workplace for all, regardless of age.