The term segregation conjures up some very distasteful aspects of societal history but can also apply to the current workplace. The term refers to the practice of an employer keeping certain groups of employees apart on the basis of age or on some other prohibited grounds, including race, gender and the like. The term also refers to the practice of employers keeping certain groups away from the public eye or outside of the view of customers for unlawful reasons.
In terms of age discrimination, one example of segregation would be for a retail clothing store to insist that only people who are fresh or have the college look be in direct sales to customers, as those sorts of terms could be thinly veiled code words for a practice of hiring only younger employees for sales positions.
A California employee who is over 40 has the right not to be treated unfavorably simply because of her age. This includes not only flagrant violations of the law like a policy of forcing people of a certain age out of the company but also includes more subtle forms of discrimination, including segregation in assignments on account of an employee's age.
Employees who feel like they have been the victim of this form of age discrimination have legal options available to them and can speak to a qualified employment law attorney on how to proceed. Having experienced legal assistance can greatly help those in such situations proceed in a way that will is hopefully favorable.