LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW / AGE DISCRIMINATION
Age Discrimination Lawyer in California
Protecting your right to work
You have the civil right to obtain and maintain employment without discrimination. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) establishes the rights of California’s workers and the obligations of employers to treat workers fairly. The FEHA expressly prohibits discrimination because of a person’s membership in a protected class — including age. In addition, federal laws preserve your essential rights in the workplace.
The California labor and employment lawyers at Aiman-Smith & Marcy have more than 60 years of experience representing victims of age discrimination. We pursue all available recourse — including injunctive relief that puts an end to the discrimination and monetary damages that compensate you for financial and emotional harm.
Building your case
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) specifically forbids employers from discriminating in hiring, promotions, pay rates, benefits packages, and dismissals of workers based on age. The ADEA also bans statements about age preferences in job postings and advertisements. The FEHA prohibits discrimination of individuals who are 40 years of age or older. In addition, under both California and federal statutes, it is illegal for management to retaliate against you for filing a complaint or reporting age discrimination. These whistleblower statutes give you the confidence to report unlawful conduct without fear of retribution — such as termination, demotions, loss of promotions or harassing behavior. Our California workplace harassment lawyers take immediate action against the employer for retaliatory acts taken against you.
Damages for age discrimination
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) enforce the important FEHA that prohibits age discrimination. DFEH prosecutes cases involving age discrimination and FEHC issues rulings. Upon winning in an administrative hearing before the FEHC, you may be entitled to back pay, your out-of-pocket losses and up to $150,000 for the emotional distress caused by the discrimination. You might also litigate your case in civil court to recover putative damages, attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to back pay, out-of-pocket expenses and emotional harm.
Learn more about how our California age discrimination attorneys can help you
If you have been the victim of age discrimination, please call us at 510-817-2711 or contact us online for a free consultation with one of our attorneys: Randall Aiman-Smith, Reed Marcy or Hallie Von Rock. Our office is located near the Oakland Coliseum off Highway 880, 66th Avenue exit. We welcome the opportunity to review and discuss your legal concerns.
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