In a story that garnered national media attention, a hospital in another state has agreed to pay $400,000 that will go to almost 30 of their former employees, which include nurses and other medical professionals.
While a previous post discussed the warning signs of age discrimination, the first time some employees over 40 in Los Angeles, California, might realize something is amiss is when they get handed a pink slip along with what seems to them like a flimsy excuse for being fired or laid off.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, most Los Angeles, California, employees who are over the age of 40 enjoy special protections under both federal and state law. These protections, collectively, prohibit employers from engaging in age discrimination, which involves firing someone or taking other adverse actions simply because they are older.
According to statistics, the work force in Los Angeles is likely continuing its aging trend, with more older workers, those over 55, staying at work for longer.
With retirement a challenge for many in California, more and more workers may be remaining on the job indefinitely. Consequently, age discrimination is a serious concern in today's uncertain economy. There are key laws related to age discrimination in the modern workplace. These may be of interest to those who are unfamiliar with the topic or believe they may have been a victim of this type of damaging discrimination.
With an economy that is anything but certain, many Californians - as well as those across the country - are postponing retirement and working at older ages. Consequently, it is not uncommon for age discrimination situations to appear as more and more people of various stages of life compete for scarce jobs. Fortunately, the law protects most California workers age 40 and older from employers who discriminate because of age.
Workplaces in California, and across the country, have a responsibility to treat their workers fairly and to not discriminate against any employees based on their membership in a federally protected class. These classes include race, gender, religion and age.
Discriminating against or harassing an employee or group of employees is prohibited by federal law if it is based on a person's status as a member of a protected class. There are various federally protected groups that the government seeks to protect from discrimination in the workplace. These classes include religion, ethnicity, sex, disability, and age, among others.
California employees are protected from discrimination based on their age at both the federal and state level. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or ADEA, is a federal law that protects employees age 40 and older from discrimination in pre-employment and employment activities. Some states have further age discrimination protections that are even stricter than the ADEA regarding employer treatment of older employees.
Age-based legal protections are provided by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which provides rights to those forty and over regarding discriminatory activities by employers. These protections are provided not only to current employees, but also extend to those applying for jobs.