Defending Against Age Discrimination – In today’s economy, there is more job competition than ever before. As people live longer, and the cost of living increases, more and more individuals are choosing to delay retirement and continue working. Sometimes older workers worry that they will be “pushed out” of their current positions in favor of younger, cheaper labor. Others worry that hiring employers will make judgments regarding their ability based on their age. Luckily, California and federal law protects workers from such age discrimination. If you are over the age of 40, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you on account of your age. If you have been let go from a job, been passed over for a promotion, or missed out on a hiring opportunity for age reasons then the Southern California attorney at Yash Law Group can help. Contact us today for a free consultation and learn more about your options.
Over the past 20 years, there has been a rise in age discrimination complaints in California. During tough economic times and downsizing, many companies have made blatant efforts at keeping salaries low by laying off senior workers who earn higher wages. In 1999, California signed a new law specifically declaring this practice discriminatory. Under state law, employers may not use criteria for laying off a group of people that targets a specific group of people, such as older employees. This means that a company can be found guilty of age discrimination for simply having a company policy that impacts older workers, even if the employee cannot initially show that the discrimination was intentional. You only need to show that a company’s policy adversely impacted a group you belong to. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) takes a broader stance on anti-discrimination than do federal laws, and applies to all employers who have more than five workers. If an employer policy, which impacted mostly older workers, forced you out of your job then contact our Los Angeles attorney today.Employment law Attorney Helping Los Angeles, California Workers Navigate the Process of Filing an Age Discrimination Complaint
Employment and labor laws are extremely complex. While the laws favor employees, there are also certain “rules” that must be followed in order to successfully obtain a change from your employer. If you feel that you have been the victim of age discrimination in the workplace, the first step is to call Yash Law Group and set up an appointment to discuss your case. From there, employment law attorney Jesse Singh will help you file a formal complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or California’s Department of Fair Employment Housing. If requested, the appropriate agency will likely begin an investigation and encourage you and your employer to resolve the issue outside of court through mediation. If the problem cannot be resolved, the agency will issue a “right-to-sue” letter, acknowledging that you have gone through the proper channels to resolve your complaint, and an agreement cannot be reached. From this point, Yash Law Group will help you file a lawsuit against your employer. Age discrimination complaints are time sensitive, and you may lose your right to take action if you wait more than 180 days following the specific incident. If you have been a victim of age discrimination do not delay. Call our office today and schedule a free consultation. (714) 494-6244