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.
A previous post on this blog reminded our Los Angeles, California, readers that, with very exceptions, employers in this state may not impose mandatory retirement on employees once they reach a certain age. In fact, employers generally have to respect an employee's decision when he or she indicates that he or she has no immediate plans to retire.
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 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.