There are many ways in which one’s age can lead to discrimination in the workplace. One in their sixties may feel that they do not receive a fair chance due to their age while a person in their forties may not be treated fairly by a “modern workplace” where all of the employees are in their twenties. Regardless of the situation, both California and federal law provides protections for those who are capable of doing a job but denied the opportunity due to their maturity. If you have been denied employment, a promotion, fired, or have otherwise been treated unfairly due to your age then our Santa Ana discrimination lawyers are here to help. We also service Anaheim, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Santa Ana age discrimination attorneys assisting Anaheim and Irvine employees who have not been treated fairly
Both California and federal laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against someone on the basis of their age. Such discrimination may take the form of a wrongful termination, refusing to hire someone, denial of a promotion or pay raise, or giving someone an unfavorable work schedule. One is protected from such acts once they reach the age of forty. Federal protection stems from the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) while state protection comes from the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). A plaintiff may choose to proceed under either of these laws but our state protections will generally be more favorable to the worker.
The first step in bringing a state case for age discrimination is to file an FEHA claim with California’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment. If federal relief is being pursued then an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) claim will be filed. If the governmental agency hearing the claim does not resolve the matter then the employee will be granted a “right to sue” letter. Lawsuits in Federal Court must be filed within 180 days of the discrimination while California state cases are given up to one year before a case must be initiated. Once a case has been filed then it will be necessary to begin acquiring evidence of the discrimination. If the matter does not settle then the case will proceed to a trial which is typically heard by a jury. This can be a complicated process and it is crucial that you retain a lawyer to assist you.
Our Santa Ana age discrimination attorneys assist those who have been treated unfairly in the workplace or by potential employers. We will use your initial consultation to determine whether your case fits within your legal protections and will assist you in bringing a claim before the administrative agencies. Once a right to sue letter has been obtained then we will quickly file a Complaint to initiate a case. Our lawyers will then use discovery, the process by which information is gained from the other side, to gather proof of the employer’s conduct. This proof may include emails in which employers joked or made comments about your age, internal documents which may prove discrimination, time records, and other information. We will ensure that you know what to expect from the process, that you are prepared for trial, and that your interests are aggressively protected throughout. Few things are as serious as one’s career. We will take your case seriously. Contact us today.
Our attorneys also service the Orange County areas of Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Orange County employment lawyers providing quality service to victims of age discrimination
If you have been discriminated against due to your age then you have already been disrespected. The last thing you need is a lawyer that does not provide quality service. Our office quickly returns phone calls, promptly responds to emails, and we make ourselves available to answer your questions. We take pride in the level of personal attention we provide and such service is our promise to each and every client.