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Can an employer broach the subject of retirement?

Although most Los Angeles, California, employees will no doubt get to the point where they will want to or even need to retire from their jobs, they have the right not to have their employers constantly bother them about the subject.

In fact, an employer who seems fixated on whether an employee is going to retire may be gearing up to engage in unlawful age discrimination or may already be doing s simply by prying excessively in to an employee's personal plans.

In the vast majority of cases, an employer may not impose a mandatory retirement age or otherwise force or pressure an employee in to retirement. An employer does have the right to ask all employees about the employees' future plans, and these no doubt can include a discussion about retirement.

However, the discussion has to stop at the point where an employee says he or she has no immediate plans to retire. Otherwise, the employer may be subtly pressuring an older worker in to retiring from his or her job, an action which is discriminatory and thus unlawful.

While a California employer may have go reasons to know about its employees' future plans and thus be within its rights to inquire, if an employee has no future plans to retire, that should be taken at face value. If it is not, and an employer tries even in small ways to force an employee in to retirement, that employee may have legal options available to him or her.

If an employee feels he or she has been a victim of age discrimination because his or her employer unduly pressured him or her to retire, it may be good for that employee to speak with an experienced Los Angeles employment law attorney about the issue.

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