Although Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 to protect employees ages 40 and up, age discrimination continues to persist in the U.S. Some older adults find themselves pushed out of their jobs, while others find it difficult to get hired. If you are the victim of age discrimination, a Los Angeles employment attorney can protect your rights.
What Are Some Examples Of Age Discrimination?
Under federal law, a person cannot be discriminated against because of his or her age at any stage of employment. Your age should not determine if or how you are’
- Offered benefits
- Assigned a position or duties
- Fired or laid off
Basically, no term or condition of employment should be contingent upon your age. That being said, certain government workers − like firefighters, police and air traffic controllers − as well as executives making over $44,000 a year, can legally be required to retire at a certain age. However, in most jobs, there are no legal age limits.
Some specific examples of age discrimination may include:
- A retiree returning to the workforce and being denied work despite having the requisite qualifications simply because he or she is older than other, less qualified applicants
- A worker who is forced into early retirement in a position without legal age limits
- An employee who is passed over for promotions or denied raises solely because of his or her age
Employees can also become the target of harassment based on their age. Such harassment might include:
- Displaying offensive content dealing with age
- Making biased comments or using offensive gestures about someone’s age
- Subjecting someone to unwelcome verbal or physical actions because of his or her age
You Cannot Be Retaliated Against
Do not be afraid to stand up for your rights. If you make an age discrimination complaint, your employer cannot retaliate against you. You cannot be demoted, terminated or denied benefits because you file a complaint, and if you are retaliated against, a qualified employment attorney can protect your rights.