The stereotypical employee in today's world of business embodies youth and exuberance. In California and across the United States, it is becoming increasingly common for older employees to be pushed out of their positions or even terminated in favor of younger workers. Age discrimination is just as illegal as any other form of discrimination in the workplace. Luckily, there are laws at the federal and state level that protect employees from many forms of discrimination.
A man in another state filed a lawsuit against a former employer after he was allegedly fired from his job because of his age. The lawsuit says the plaintiff worked as a blaster and was chosen for a random drug screening with three other co-workers. Allegedly, the plaintiff was prescribed hydrocodone by his doctor and the medication showed up in his drug test.
According to the lawsuit, the man was fired but allowed to come back to work. Shortly after this, the plaintiff alleges he was fired again, but this time he was replaced by a younger employee with less experience. The plaintiff accuses his former employer of violating the Human Rights Act in his state and alleges that he was wrongfully terminated because of his age and disabilities. The plaintiff also claims his employer failed to pay him all wages that he was owed on the next pay period.
Discrimination of any type is wrong and can affect the job satisfaction of all employees. California residents who feel that they have been discriminated against by an employer may have the right to take legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in financial relief that could offset any loss of income.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Man alleges age was a factor in termination from Austin Powder Co.", Philip Gonzales, March 8, 2018