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Age discrimination and harassment

Do you feel that your boss doesn’t like you because of your age? Do people tell jokes about you in the workplace that make you uncomfortable? Has your employer bullied you because of your age? Has your employer replaced your co-workers with younger people? Do you feel you were fired because of your age? We can help!

What rights do you have in the workplace?

Age discrimination is when your employer treats you differently because you are over the age of 40. That is illegal. As the baby boom generation reaches the age of retirement, more and more companies are casting older workers aside in favor of younger, inexpensive employees.

  Your employer doesn’t have the right to pick and choose employees based on age.  

Your boss may want younger employees because your boss thinks younger employees are healthier, will work for lower salaries, or know more about modern technology.

Your employer doesn’t have the right to pick and choose employees based on age. It doesn’t matter what reason your boss gives: age discrimination is wrong. If you are treated unfairly in the workplace because of your age, you have rights!

Are you being treated unfairly or bullied?

It is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire you, or hire you and then pay you less. Maybe you’re not getting the good job assignments, or you’re not being promoted. Your boss may even intimidate, harass, or fire you because of your age. Let us help you.

  It doesn’t matter what reason your boss gives: age discrimination is wrong.  

It can be especially hard to feel yourself being ostracized or outcast if these changes are recent. Yet it also makes sense: if you were young when you were hired, and you’ve worked at your job a long time, you are likely quite a bit older now. Being harassed can be very painful.

If your boss or co-workers have made ageist remarks or someone has left something hateful for you to find, call us. We can educate you about your many options.

Is your boss bullying you because you reported discrimination or harrassment?

Perhaps you already suspect that you are being unfairly treated because of your age. Maybe you told your boss or someone else that you believe your employer is treating you wrongfully because of your age. You were very courageous to speak up! You have the right to feel safe and to have job security even after complaining.

  More companies are casting older workers aside in favor of younger, inexpensive employees.  

Retaliation based upon your complaints of age discrimination or harassment is illegal. Your boss may say that you weren’t being discriminated against based on your age. But even if your employer can prove that, it’s never fair to discriminate against you because you spoke up. If you feel you’ve been retaliated against because of your complaints, let us help you.

How can I prove my boss harassed or discriminated against me because of my age?

The appellate court decided in the case of Reid v. Google that age discrimination and harassment occur when your boss illegally demotes, harasses, or fires you based upon your age.

To prove your case, you only need the judge or jury to believe that you were of a certain age and that a substantial motivation for your firing, demotion, or harassment was due to your age. If you have witnesses and documents, of course it’s much easier to prove your case. However, if you don’t have these things, don’t feel discouraged.

We have handled many cases where someone has been discriminated and harassed because of their age, but no one was around to see it and it wasn’t in writing. In fact, it’s pretty common for bad bosses to wait until a time when you’re alone before they harass you.

If you’ve been treated differently because of your age, that’s wrong. You deserve to be treated with respect.

We can help you fight for justice.

When your employer judges you because of your age, you can feel hopeless. Employers should not get away with it! By standing up for your rights, you are standing up for yourself. You are also standing up for everyone who has ever suffered the injustice of age discrimination and harassment.

Please make an appointment for a free consultation in our Newport Beach office. You can contact us by email or phone. We want to help.