Unfortunately, age can be a negative factor in the workplace, resulting in the loss of jobs for older workers and difficulty in finding employment. When harassment or discrimination occurs to employees or job applicants based on age, it can and should be addressed with legal action to further limit this type of workplace injustice. If you or someone you know has experienced this type of harassment or discrimination in the greater Santa Barbara, California area, you should seek legal recourse with the assistance of a Santa Clarita discrimination lawyer at our firm. Christina Humphrey Law, P.C., offers a free, initial consultation in which you can discuss your situation directly with an attorney to get a case review and evaluation of what needs to be done to resolve the matter.
Employers should make decisions concerning employees and potential employees based on merit and not on arbitrary factors such as age, race, sex, ethnicity, or other unlawful considerations. Age discrimination, also known as ageism, is a type of negative prejudice which results in discriminatory practices against individuals who are middle-aged or seniors. These people, as a group, face barriers in promotion and in hiring. They are also encouraged to participate in early retirement or may face denigration and unfair stereotyping, however how subtle, due to their age. Furthermore, they are often subjected to lay-offs much more than younger employees.
Harassment and discrimination based on age is illegal. The Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits this type of discrimination against anyone over the age of 40. This California statute prohibits employment discrimination of this kind as applied to employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and more. In addition, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is a federal law against employment discrimination of those over 40.
If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your age or if you have suffered harassment based on age, you should speak to a California discrimination attorney at our firm at your earliest convenience.