Promotion for a Younger Man

Dear Brian,
My employer passed over me for a promotion to a younger man. Is there anything I can do about this, or should I just let it go?

If you believe you have been subjected to age discrimination at work in Los Angeles, you may be able to secure relief under state or federal law. Age discrimination is present if an individual covered under this provision is treated unfavorably in the terms and conditions of his/her employment because of his or her age.

Federally, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act only protects employees over the age of 40 from age discrimination – moreover, you cannot sue under the ADEA if your workplace employs less than 20 people.

However, age discrimination is permitted in certain, special circumstances. For instance, executives who make over $44,000 annually can be forced to retire at the age of 65, and certain government workers (such as fire personnel, police officers, or air traffic controllers) are also subject to certain age limitations. A qualified Los Angeles employment attorney can help you with your age discrimination case.