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Are you being treated differently at the workplace because of your age?
Is your employer mistreating you because you're over the age of 40?
You may have an age discrimination claim, and a
Los Angeles employment attorney at Martinian & Associates INC. may be able to help. Our firm advocate
for employees who are fired, laid off, demoted, suffer pay cuts, harassed
and more because of their age. This is a violation of employment law,
and workers deserve a strong defense against this mistreatment.
What is age discrimination?
When it comes to age discrimination in the field of
employment, defining what age discrimination is and what it is not can be helpful
in understanding this concept.
What Age Discrimination Is
Age discrimination is when an employer treats an employee or potential
hire negatively simply because they are 40 years of age or older, according
to the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA). Listed below are some
scenarios that might constitute an age discrimination claim:
- An employer chooses not to hire someone solely based on the fact that said
person is 40 years old or older.
- An employee is laid off or fired solely or primarily because they are over
the age of 40, but their employer is claiming "poor performance"
to cover up this wrongful termination.
- An employee is consistently harassed at the workplace by his supervisor
because of his age.
- An employee is demoted or their pay was cut solely or primarily because
of his or her age.
What Age Discrimination
According to the law, age discrimination is not a valid claim for people
under the age of 40. In some jurisdictions, there are laws for "reverse
age discrimination," that is, favoring older employees over younger
employees, but this is not the norm. Discrimination and harassment because
of age does not include the following:
- Light teasing
- Offhand comments
- Most isolated incidents
Reasonable Factors Other Than Age (RFOA)
According to this statute, employers who treat employees differently must
provide the defense of RFOA, that is, their treatment of said employee
is because of a reasonable factor other than the fact that they are over
the age of 40. According to § 1625(b) through (e) of the ADEA, RFOA
is defined as follows:
A reasonable factor other than age is one that "is objectively reasonable
when viewed from the position of a prudent employer mindful of its responsibilities
under the ADEA under like circumstances." The question of whether
a differentiation is based on a non-age factor "must be decided on
the basis of all the particular facts and circumstances surrounding each
To successfully assert the RFOA defense under the final rule, "an
employer must show that the employment practice was both reasonably designed
to further or achieve a legitimate business purpose and administered in
a way that reasonably achieves that purpose in light of the particular
facts and circumstances that were known, or should have been known, to
Retain a Los Angeles Employment Attorney to Fight for You
At Martinian & Associates INC., our Los Angeles employment lawyers
fight for employees' rights to be free from age discrimination at
the workplace. We understand that your livelihood and financial stability
are on the line. Your job not only matters to you, but to your entire
family. You can trust our firm to have your best interests in mind when
dealing with an age discrimination claim. Call us today for a free and
confidential evaluation of your case to learn about legal action you can take!