Employees in California are terminated for a variety of reasons every year, but are some employees fired for illegal reasons? Discrimination unfortunately plays a role in some employment terminations, and reports show that age discrimination claims continue to increase as the working population gets older in the United States.
During the recession, many older workers found themselves being laid off. Workers in their 50s continue to report age discrimination and it has become a serious employment issue across the country.
Age discrimination claims have increased during the last few years. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported there were 22,857 claims filed in 2012 compared to 16,548 in 2006.
Age discrimination has led to an increase in older workers in the U.S. becoming concerned with job security, saying that they are fearful that they will be laid off from their position due to their age. A survey completed by AARP found that 37 percent of older workers said they didn't think they could find another job after getting laid off or they would have to take a pay cut or move.
Age discrimination is a serious issue that employees should not overlook. Being a victim of age discrimination can result in wrongful termination, financial hardship and a negative impact on a person's mental and emotional health.
Employees should know that they can file an age discrimination claim with the EEOC as well as pursue legal action against their employer for the discrimination and other illegal actions like wrongful termination or hostile work environment.
Source: OB Rag, "50 Is the New 65: Older Americans Are Getting Booted from Their Jobs - and Denied New Opportunities," Lynn Stuart Parramore, Jan. 9, 2014