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How Does Age Discrimination Occur?

August 03, 2020
Employment Law

When you work in any kind of industry, you should not have to deal with any kind of discrimination. Unfortunately, there are times when an employer may discriminate against you for one reason or another, making it a difficult situation for you.

One characteristic that may play a role in discrimination is age, which can be difficult to endure. As you get older, you would hope that your experience and seniority would be well-received. Not all employers see it this way, though, and you may find your employment at risk.

You Are Protected

For employees over the age of 40, you are protected by law from age discrimination. Unfortunately, there are some situations where employers try to use age as a way to deny your rights as an employee. Here are some of the situations that may fall under age discrimination:

  • If your employer refuses to promote your or give you a raise just because you are over 40, even though your performance warrants it.
  • If you do not receive a job offer because you are over the age of 40, even though you are qualified.
  • If you are fired because you are over the age of 40, even though your performance is still up to par.

Age is one of the many protected classes, but because California is an at-will state, your employer may try to say the reason for the firing or other situation was because of a legal reason. It’s vital to show that your employer made his or her decision because of your age to pursue justice.

At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, we want you to be aware of your rights moving forward. You shouldn’t have to endure injustices because of your age, and our Los Angeles employment attorneys will work to safeguard your legal options moving forward. You can rely on us to help you recognize the problems that may arise in causing these situations, and what we can do to guide you.

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