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What Constitutes Age Discrimination at Work?

While age discrimination can occur in various ways, it commonly involves employees who are 40 and older being:
  • Fired, laid off, forced to quit as a result of their age.
  • Passed over for promotions due to their age.
  • Demoted, have their pay reduced, or have their hours cut due to their age.
  • Offered inferior pay, benefits and/or job assignments due to their age harassment.
  • Not getting hired due to their age.
  • Subjected to employers’ policies or practices that discriminate against them because of their age.

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What is Age-Based Harassment?

The FEHA not only prohibits discrimination, but it also prohibits harassment based on an individual’s age. When an employer creates or enables the existence of an abusive, disrespectful, or threatening work environment that negatively impacts an employee’s capacity to execute his or her job, this is known as age harassment.

Slurs, jokes, and unpleasant or insulting statements regarding a person’s age are the most typical forms of age-based harassment. Such remarks support an age discrimination claim while also giving rise to a second claim for age harassment. The corporation as well as the individual harasser may be held accountable for the harassment allegation.

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Most companies and managers who participate in age discrimination do not confess their actual motivations, and instead try to explain their actions by blaming non-age related concerns such poor employee performance, downsizing, staff cutbacks, or corporate reorganization. Even if there is no “smoking gun” evidence of age discrimination, victims of prejudice can frequently substantiate their claims using circumstantial or indirect evidence.
  • Subjected to employers’ policies or practices that discriminate against them because of their age.

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How is Age Discrimination Proven?

  • Discriminatory remarks regarding the employee's age made by the owner or supervisor, such as jokes about age and look, the employee being asked when he or she would retire, or insulting remarks about the worker being sluggish, his or her technical abilities, and so on.
  • An older employee is replaced with a much younger employee who has weaker or at best equivalent credentials.
  • Layoffs or staff cutbacks are disproportionately affecting older employees.
  • Younger employees are given preferential treatment in terms of compensation, promotions, and working conditions, among other things.

How do I know if I was discriminated because of my age?

Discrimination can take many forms. For most employees, getting fired or laid off because of their age is the most harmful type of discrimination. However, any adverse or unlawful actions against an employee may be a form of discrimination. Age discrimination is established by showing that a job applicant’s age over 40 or employee’s age over 40 was considered in the denial of an employment benefit. Denied employment benefits in examples of age discrimination include:

  • Termination
  • Failure to promote
  • Layoffs or staff cutbacks are disproportionately affecting older employees.
  • Demotion
  • Reduction in salary
  • Denied a work environment free of discrimination.
  • Lay-offs
  • Denied equal pay in violation of The California Equal Pay Act.
  • Denied a promotion
  • Denied reinstatement
  • Forced to quit
  • Forced to transfer

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Sexual Harassment

Harassment on the basis of a person's refusal to engage in sexual activity can take many forms, ranging from unwanted sexual advances to the denial of employment opportunities.

Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblowers are employees who report the unlawful actions of their employer to the proper authorities. Whistleblowers are legally protected from employer retaliation..


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Frequently Asked Questions

A: Age discrimination is treating an individual unfairly or differently because of their age. This can include denying employment, promotions, or training opportunities based on age.

A: In the United States, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age or older. Some states may have additional laws protecting against age discrimination.

A: Yes, age discrimination can occur during any stage of the employment process, including hiring. For example, an employer may choose not to hire someone based solely on their age, even if they are otherwise qualified for the position.

A: If you believe you have been a victim of age discrimination, you should speak with an employment lawyer or file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC investigates claims of discrimination and may take legal action against employers who violate anti-discrimination laws.

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