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Experienced California Attorneys Fight Employer Age Discrimination

Knowledgeable lawyers advocate for wronged workers in the Santa Rosa area

Your work experience is meaningful and valuable. When employers disregard your qualifications in favor of hiring or promoting a younger, less qualified worker, your financial security could be threatened. Clients in the Santa Rosa area and throughout California come to Young Law Office for skilled legal support in age discrimination cases. We represent workers who are pushed out of jobs, passed over for promotions they deserve, denied benefits or otherwise treated unfairly because of their age. Our lawyers work to collect evidence and testimony to build a strong case on your behalf. Our goal is to help you continue working for as long as you wish.

Reputable law firm represents mature workers in age-based employment disputes

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects workers who are 40 years of age and older from employment discrimination based on age. If you believe you have been the target of age discrimination, it is important to document the instances in which you were treated unfairly. Discrimination may exist in the form of actions or policies related to:

  • Retirement — With few exceptions, it is illegal for an employer to force an employee to retire at a certain age.
  • Hiring and promotion — Generally, age preferences or limitations cannot be included in job listings, and employers cannot make hiring, firing, promotion, training or job assignment decisions that discriminate against older workers.
  • Pay and benefits — It is unlawful for employers to determine a worker’s compensation based on their age. Likewise, employers who provide lesser benefits to older workers may violate the ADEA.
  • Harassment — Offensive, derogatory, and pervasive age-related comments can foster a hostile work environment or result in negative employment decisions. Age harassment in the workplace is illegal under the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Many states offer additional protections to employees alleging age discrimination. To ensure that you are aware of the protections and rights available to you in California, contact an experienced employment law attorney.

Attentive attorneys help file EEO complaints and handle settlement negotiations

Before an age discrimination lawsuit can be pursued against an employer, a Charge of Discrimination (Equal Employment Opportunity complaint) must be filed with the EEOC, and it must issue a Notice of Right to Sue. The following conditions must exist in order for an age discrimination complaint to be considered by the EEOC:

  • The discriminated employee must be at least 40 years old.
  • The business must employ 20 or more people.
  • An individual must have been treated less favorably than others due to their age.

At Young Law Office, we work to resolve your age discrimination case out of court, but if litigation is necessary, we are fully prepared to present your case in court with clarity and conviction.

Contact a respected California law firm handling age discrimination claims

Young Law Office is dedicated to protecting and enforcing the rights of all workers, no matter their age. If you have experienced age discrimination at work, call our Santa Rosa office at 707-703-5131 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a qualified attorney.