What is age discrimination?

Both California law and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employment discrimination based on age for anyone who is 40 years of age or older. Age discrimination occurs when an employer treats a worker or applicant less favorably because of their age. Some examples of negative employment actions related to age include getting rid of mainly older employees during layoffs or giving younger workers better opportunities.

Under the law, employers are not allowed to set age preferences for jobs, force older workers to retire, set age limits on training programs or enforce employment policies that negatively and disparately affect older employees. Age-based harassment is also illegal.

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