What Qualifies as Age Discrimination in California?

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If you believe that you are being treated differently because of your age, you might be experiencing age discrimination. However, in order to file an age discrimination claim in California, there are various qualifications you must meet. To help you determine if you have an age discrimination case, our team at Polaris Law Group explains what qualifications are needed.

Age Discrimination in California

California has strict employment laws that protect workers from age discrimination. However, age discrimination only applies to workers 40-years-of-age or older according to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The law prohibits age discrimination in the workplace for individuals 40 to ensure that preconceived ideas or age-based stereotypes don’t affect hiring decisions or job growth.

Although young employees might also be treated differently due to their age or preconceived ideas about their experience, the law doesn’t protect workers under 40 years of age.

How to Determine if You Are Facing Age Discrimination

Discrimination can take shape in many forms. In many cases, employees face discrimination by getting terminated because of their age. However, employees may also face discrimination if they experience any of the following:

  • Termination
  • Failure to promote
  • Demotion
  • Reduction in salary
  • Lay-offs
  • Denied equal pay
  • Denied reinstatement
  • Forced to transfer
  • Denied medical leave

If you have experienced any of the actions listed above and your employer has made comments or remarks about your age, you might have an age discrimination claim. To file a claim you will need to prove that you face discrimination because of your age. However, presenting a strong claim can be challenging. For such a reason, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side.

Our team at Polaris Law Group has years of experience helping individuals throughout California. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you with your claim from start to finish and help you achieve your desired results.

Contact our California employment law attorneys today at (888) 796-4010 to schedule a consultation!

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