Age Discrimination

The Los Angeles Age Discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group, P.C. fight to protect employee’s rights against discrimination based on age. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees who are 40 years of age or older based solely on age. Such discriminatory acts may be difficult to pinpoint, but often are found through various circumstances of unfair treatment. The Los Angeles age discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group will help you enforce your rights and obtain the justice you deserve.

Examples of age discrimination include having a preference for hiring, promoting, or compensating employees based on age, providing unfair benefits based on age, offers of early retirement based solely on age and no other legitimate business purpose, or work place harassment based on age. Other examples may involve situations where employers give employees negative performance reviews based solely on age, replace employees who are 40 years of age or older with younger employees so that the employers can pay less compensation for the same job. If this has happened to you, the Los Angeles age discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group are here to listen to your story and fight for your legal rights.

Various laws exist to protect employees from being victimized by age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to employers who employ at least 20 employees, and prevents employers from engaging in discriminatory conduct against employees who are at least 40 years old. The ADEA makes it unlawful for employers to terminate any employee, to discriminate employees’ wages, compensation, benefits, opportunities and privileges, and other terms and conditions of their employment.

Age discrimination is also prohibited under California Law. Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is illegal for employers to discriminate employees who are at least 40 years old. FEHA protects the same rights and entitlements of workers as ADEA and covers employers who employ at least five employees.

In theory, age discrimination seems clear; however, in practice, direct evidence of age discrimination is difficult to find. Rather, evidence is often times found through statistical patterns that may demonstrate a history of age discrimination in the workplace, such as a pattern of hiring, terminating, and/or promoting employees based on age. Such systemic evidence raises an inference that the employer may have made certain decisions based on discriminatory animus. Circumstantial evidence may also give rise to inferences of age discrimination where certain rules, standards, and/or policies were applied differently for employees 40 years or older. The Los Angeles discrimination attorneys of Lim Law Group can help you understand the issues and evaluate your claims.

Prior to filing a lawsuit for age discrimination, an administrative charge must be filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity commission or California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing. There are strict deadlines for filing an administrative charge. If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your age, call the Los Angeles discrimination lawyers of Lim Law Group so that your claims can be preserved.

The federal and/or state agencies may review the administrative charge and investigate or settle the dispute. Other times, the agencies will provide a “right to sue” letter, granting you to file your claims in court. There is a limited timeframe in which to file a lawsuit after you receive your “right to sue” letter. As such, it is imperative that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible if you believe you have a discrimination claim. If you miss these deadlines, your claims may be time barred. If you believe you have fallen victim to discrimination, please contact the Los Angeles discrimination attorneys of Lim Law Group for a free case evaluation.

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