What are some examples of age discrimination in the workplace?

Discriminating against employees or job applicants over the age of 40 based on their age is unlawful. Age discrimination can occur across many different stages and aspects of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, layoffs, firing, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, job assignments and work conditions.

Age-based discrimination can take many forms. While some employers may take obvious discriminatory actions against an employee, in many cases age discrimination occurs in subtle ways such as through a company’s policies. Here are some common examples of age discrimination in the workplace:

• Rewarding a younger, inexperienced employee with promotions instead of older workers with the same or higher performance and more expertise.
• Refusing to hire older job applicants who are more qualified than younger candidates.
• Targeting older workers with severe and frequent age-based harassment such as through insults or offensive age-related jokes.
• Firing older employees in favor of keeping a younger staff.
• Laying off only older employees while younger workers keep their jobs.
• Giving an uncharacteristic negative job evaluation to an older worker based on made-up reasons.

If you have experienced any of the above or other forms of age discrimination, you should contact an Oakland employment attorney to discuss your situation. You may have a claim for age discrimination against your employer.

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