It is often the case in California and around the nation that the media will run stories on age discrimination for older citizens in the job market. Although that is certainly an important issue, the fact is that those on the other end of the spectrum also face many issues with age discrimination. The following includes further information on just how much of a problem this is and how it’s practiced.
Layoffs targeting younger employees
In just about any company in the country, you are likely to run into cultures that place senior employees on a pedestal and look down upon rookies no matter their accomplishments. Unfortunately, when a company needs to conduct layoffs, younger employees are far more likely to get fired before a senior employee. It should be noted that you may increase your chances of avoiding being fired by demonstrating your worth to the company through hard work.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
One of the many reasons employers can get away with the actions above is because of the ADEA. The ADEA was approved into law in 1967 and was designed to protect people from being discriminated against because of their age. The only issue is that it only protects those 40 and older. This means that business owners can legally fire someone below 40 without any consequences.
Although letting go of younger employees is allowed by the law, it does not mean that you’re out of luck in terms of the law. If you find yourself being discriminated against by an employer, it is important to protect your rights by having an experienced legal team behind you. Doing so may provide you with a much more favorable outcome.