Have you been subject to workplace discrimination based on your age? If so, you might have many questions. Some of your questions might revolve around the age that makes you eligible to pursue age discrimination claims against your employer. At what age can I sue my employer for age discrimination in California? What does California law state about the age in which employees can sue for age discrimination? If you have any of these questions, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
If you are in need of legal assistance, you should contact the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group today. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm with many years of experience handling different types of employment claims, such as age discrimination claims. Our attorneys are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to pursue an age discrimination claim against your employer. If you would like to speak with the experts at our firm, contact us today – we are here to provide you with the guidance that you need.
What is Age Discrimination?
Age discrimination is a type of discrimination that is strictly based on a person’s age. In the workplace, age discrimination is associated with employment decisions. For instance, if an employer makes any employment decisions based on the employees’ age, the employer is subjecting the employees to age discrimination. In other words, employers subject their employees to unfair treatment simply because of their age. Some examples of the unfair treatment surrounding age discrimination include the following: older employees getting demoted; older employees not being considered for promotions; older employees not having access to the same opportunities as other employees; older employees being terminated. Do you believe that you have been a victim of age discrimination? Has your employer been discriminating against you simply because of your age? If so, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible with the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group.
Examples of Age Discrimination
Because age discrimination can take on many different forms, it could sometimes be difficult for employees to identify whether what they are experiencing is age discrimination. Consider some of the following examples of age discrimination in the workplace:
- You have been working for the same company for many years. With time, the face of the company begins to change – older employees are retiring and the company keeps hiring younger and younger replacements. As you get closer to age 50, you begin noticing that your employer seems to give preferences to younger employees over you – often giving them important tasks even though they are not qualified to handle them. Younger employees receive more opportunities, receive more incentives, and are given more flexibility. On the contrary, you are constantly scrutinized even though your work continues to exceed expectations. Your employer calls you in for a meeting to inform you that you are being reassigned to another position; you later learn that your employer hired a younger, less qualified person to take your place.
- Your boss has always poked fun at your age – since you have always been the oldest person in the company. Over the years, you have shrugged off these comments simply as jokes in poor taste. Recently, however, your employer has begun scrutinizing your work and claiming that you are getting close to becoming useless. When you question this comment, the employer explains that you are approaching an age in which you will no longer be an asset to the company. On the contrary, you will likely make constant mistakes, potentially causing the company to lose income. Your work performance has always been exceptional, and you have more years of experience than anyone on the team; regardless, your employer terminates you based on your age.
If you would like to discuss more examples of age discrimination in the workplace, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. The age discrimination employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group will provide you with all the information that you need to pursue an age discrimination claim against your employer.
At What Age Can I Sue My Employer for Age Discrimination based on California Law?
What does California law state in regards to the age that you could sue for age discrimination? According to California law – specifically the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) – it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of age when the employee is 40 years or older. What does this for you and your claim? Based on California law, only employees who are 40 or older are protected by age discrimination laws. Therefore, only employees that are 40 or older can sue their employers for age discrimination.
Age Discrimination in California: Understanding the DFEH
All employment laws on the state level are enforced by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The DFEH enforces all Californian employment laws and oversees all claims relevant to the protections granted by employment laws. All employment claims, such as age discrimination claims, must go through the DFEH. When an employee files a charge with the DFEH, the employment agency investigates the claim. The investigation process might include visiting the workplace, speaking to all employees, and evaluating evidence, for example. After completing the investigation, the DFEH will make a decision – potentially taking action against your employer. Employees also have the right to file civil lawsuits (or even participate in class action lawsuits) against their employers. However, the DFEH has to grant claimants the right to sue before an employee can file a civil lawsuit. It is also important to note that employees can also pursue claims through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). For more information, do not hesitate to contact the employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience.
Can I Sue and Receive Compensation?
Do you have the right to sue and receive compensation? If you pursue a lawsuit against your employer for age discrimination, you will likely have grounds to sue and receive compensation. Although all claims are different, age discrimination claims can result in some of the following types and amounts of compensation:
- Lost income
- Lost benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Would you like to learn more about the type or amount of compensation that could be available for your claim? If so, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible and discuss your claim with an age discrimination attorney immediately. If you allow our lawyers to handle your claim, you could be certain that our experts will aggressively fight for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim – contact our law firm today.sn
Important Timelines Relevant to Your Current Situation
You were subject to age discrimination in your workplace; how much time do you have to take action? The answer to that question depends on the specific action that you are pursuing. Consider the following points:
- Californian employees have 1 year to file employment charges with the DFEH.
- After receiving the right-to-sue from the DFEH, Californian employees have 1 year to file a civil lawsuit.
- Californian employees who pursue their charge through the EEOC have 300 days to file their claims (and 90 days to file a lawsuit after receiving the right-to-sue).
Why are these timelines so important? The answer to this question is simple. If you do not file your age discrimination claim within the appropriate length of time, you will lose your right to sue and receive compensation. Is that a risk you are willing to take? If you want to preserve your right to take action against your employer for discriminating against you on the basis of age, you must act within the deadlines applicable to your claim.
Seek Legal Guidance Today
Have you suffered age discrimination? If you have suffered age discrimination in your Californian workplace, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible with employment experts who could successfully handle age discrimination claims. If you are in need of legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact the employment experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of employment claims, such as age discrimination claims. Whether you are interested in pursuing an employment claim or you are simply interested in learning more about your basic employment rights, you could trust the employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group to provide you with the legal assistance that you need. Would you like to discuss your current situation with the age discrimination attorneys at our law firm? Do not hesitate to contact us.
Our law firm is dedicated to remaining accessible to all employees who have been victimized in the workplace. Because of that, our firm offers both free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, the employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group will dedicate themselves to answering all your questions and addressing all your concerns – ensuring that you have access to all the information that you need to take legal action. Are you interested in beginning your claim? Are you looking to redirect your claim after an incompetent attorney? Regardless of the specific details of your current situation, you could be certain that the age discrimination lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to start or continue your age discrimination claim. Contact our law firm today.
Our law firm offers a Zero-Fee guarantee that ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our law firm is also strictly based on contingency; therefore, our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees until reaching a successful claim outcome. If you do not win your age discrimination lawsuit, you will not have to pay anything. To discuss the age discrimination that you are suffering in your workplace with our experienced lawyers, contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience.