Dublin Age Discrimination Attorneys
Age Discrimination Lawyers Who Fight for Discriminated East Bay Workers
Protecting the rights of employees who face age discrimination.
A worker’s age should not affect how they have treated in the workplace and their employment opportunities. The unfortunate reality is that many employers unlawfully use age as a factor when making employment decisions. Older workforce members seeking a new job or trying to succeed at work are particularly at risk of the negative impacts of age discrimination.
California and federal laws protect workers 40 years of age and older from wrongful termination and other forms of workplace discrimination. The rules also apply to job applicants. Erlich Law Firm provides quality legal representation to Dublin workers who have faced age discrimination on the job.
Age is a Protected Characteristic
Not only is age discrimination harmful, but it is also illegal. Age is protected under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). This means workers and job applicants over 40 are shielded from discrimination alongside other protected classes like sex, race, and disability. The FEHA applies to employers with five or more workers, while the ADEA affects companies with 20 or more employees.
Types of Age Discrimination
Older employees are an integral part of workplaces in Dublin and across California. As of 2020, workers aged 50 and older comprised over a third of the U.S. workforce.
The FEHA and ADEA make it unlawful for employers to target older employees based on age when hiring, training, firing, determining salaries and controlling other aspects of employment.
Some Dublin employers appreciate the experience and value that older workers bring to the workplace. Other companies, however, fall into the trap of age-related biases and stereotypes. They try to oust more senior employees in favor of younger workers even if they lack qualifications and experience.
An employee may not always realize they are being subjected to age discrimination. Employers may use subtle tactics to cover up their disparate treatment of particular workers. An AARP survey found that around 13 percent of workers aged 50 and older reported being passed up for a promotion due to their age, while 17 percent received negative age-related comments at work.
Older employees may be experiencing age discrimination in a Dublin workplace when they are:
- Forced to quit their job;
- Wrongfully terminated;
- Targeted in layoffs;
- Denied advancement opportunities;
- Refused benefits or proper pay;
- Blocked from undergoing the same training as younger employees;
- Subjected to a hostile work environment via ageist comments and insults; and
- Overlooked for a promotion in favor of a more youthful, less-experienced worker.
Job applicants can be subjected to age discrimination during the hiring process in various ways, such as being asked about their age during a job interview or being denied employment because they are over 40. According to the AARP, more than half of job seekers aged 50 and older were asked to provide their birthdates during the job application or interview process. It is also unlawful for employers to set age limits on job openings.
Holding Employers Accountable for Age Discrimination
If you have experienced adverse treatment at work based on your age, a knowledgeable Dublin age discrimination lawyer can help you pursue just compensation. California workers can report their employer’s discriminatory actions without fear of retaliation. You can file an age discrimination lawsuit against your employer to recover lost wages and benefits, among other types of compensation.
At Erlich Law Firm, taking legal action against your employer can seem daunting. With our experienced representation, however, you can be assured that your case will be in good hands. We will keep you updated on developments throughout the legal process, never agreeing to a settlement unless you are satisfied with the outcome. Our lawyers are also ready to take your case to trial if necessary.
Our Dublin age discrimination lawyers understand the tactics that employers often use to shield themselves from lawsuits. For example, they may present discriminatory practices as legitimate business considerations instead of admitting that age was the motivating factor for various employment decisions. Erlich Law Firm knows how to fight against such claims with solid evidence to prove that age discrimination indeed occurred.
Call for a Free Case Evaluation
Erlich Law Firm is ready to help workers obtain compensation for their employer’s discriminatory practices. If you have been subjected to age discrimination in the workplace, contact an experienced employment lawyer. Our Dublin age discrimination attorneys will explain your legal options and advise you on what steps you can take to protect your rights. Get started today with a free consultation.
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