Age Discrimination Lawyers in San Diego
How Old You Are Cannot Be a Factor
Age discrimination can appear in various forms that involve treating a job applicant or employee differently or unfavorably because of his or her age. If you’re an employee 40 years old or older, the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects you from workplace discrimination based on your age.
At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, we work with clients to seek their fair and just compensation when they experience age discrimination at work or while applying for a job. It’s simply illegal to consider someone’s age for any workplace matter.
Your age cannot be a factor in the following and more at work:
- Hiring, layoffs, and firing
- Pay and benefits
- Job assignments
It is unlawful to harass a person because of his or her age. In some companies, older workers are treated in such a way as to create a hostile work environment, sometimes with the deliberate intention of pushing the older worker out to make room for a younger one.
Discriminatory Employment Policies
A company might set a policy that applies to everyone but only has a negative impact on older workers of 40 or more years of age. If a policy of this type is not based on a reasonable factor other than age, it may be considered discriminatory.
Some workplace policies and actions that may be discriminatory include:
- Making jokes or derogatory statements about older people
- Refusing to hire a qualified individual because of age
- Excluding older workers from training opportunities
- Making work unpleasant or excessively difficult to push an older person to resign
- Paying less for tasks assigned to older workers
- Layoffs that affect older employees more than younger ones
To save money, companies frequently prefer to use newer and younger employees because their pay rate is lower than that of older workers who have earned salary increases over the years. In California, the law does not allow layoffs based only on salary.
If you recognize any of these signs of age discrimination or have experienced them at work, reach out to our age discrimination attorneys in San Diego at Haeggquist & Eck, LLP for help.
State & Federal Law Agencies
A sometimes-confusing array of state and federal laws and agencies exists to protect the rights of older workers. It is a good idea to consult a labor attorney if you feel that you have been the subject of age discrimination.
Whether you are seeking reinstatement, monetary compensation for damages related to the illegal discrimination, or some other appropriate remedy, a knowledgeable and experienced employment lawyer can coach you on how to go through the complaint process that the company has in place and can help take the confusion out of navigating a complex protective system. Based on your circumstances, the lawyer will determine which law and which agency is best suited to process your discrimination claim.
Haeggquist & Eck, LLP Is Here for You
The team at Haeggquist & Eck has the experience and record of success you need if you’ve suffered from age discrimination on the job. We are committed to equal justice for workers of all ages and will handle your discrimination case with professionalism and sensitivity. We believe in the human dignity of every employee and will fight for fairness on your behalf.
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