Dedicated Lawyers in Los Angeles Help Victims of Age Discrimination Recover Damages for Their Harm
Age discrimination in the workplace
Age discrimination ensues when an employer treats employees or job applicants differently because of their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was created to combat discrimination against older employees and job applicants who are aged 40 and older, many of whom lose long-time jobs and need to find new positions. ADEA does not protect workers younger than 40.
At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, we assist workers who are dismissed, denied employment, or faced other adverse employment condition because of their age. With each attorney bringing nearly 20 years of experience to the table, we have the skills and legal knowledge to guide clients through age discrimination claims. We find the appropriate course of action — either negotiating with the employer or litigating the case in an administrative hearing or civil trial. Depending on the case, we assist clients in obtaining a broad range of damages, including:
- Back pay
- Out-of-pocket losses
- Compensation for emotional distress
- Punitive damages
- Attorneys’ fees and costs
Proving age discrimination in California
Age discrimination materializes in different ways. It may emerge on a case-by-case basis — an employer assumes that a 60-year old applicant cannot do a job involving frequent computer use, regardless of the individual’s resume and skills. Age discrimination also arises as a universal policy or practice that applies to all employees aged 40 and older or a policy that applies to all employees but with negative effects for older employees. Age discrimination can be the basis for a claim of harassment, which is a separate, additional violation of the law.
At the Los Angeles firm of The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC, we help you determine if you have a valid case for age discrimination, and if so, help you gather and preserve evidence for use in administrative or civil litigation. Evidence of negative policies and practices or substantiation of adverse results is used to file claims for discrimination with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Circumstantial evidence — the hiring of a younger applicant or the provision of a benefit to a younger employee instead of you — is sufficient to support a claim. The burden is on the employer to demonstrate that reasonable factors besides age led to the employment decision.
Helping older workers in Los Angeles and throughout the state obtain justice in the workplace
At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC, we devote our resources, skills and experience to helping employees obtain just results in employment. We work on a contingency fee basis to give our clients the fighting chance they deserve. To learn more about our services and how we can help in your case, contact us online or call (310) 979-7080 today for a free initial consultation at our L.A. firm.