In today’s world of business, its not uncommon for employers to weed out older employees in favor of younger and, often, less experienced workers. Although older workers provide value in terms of experience, some employers may see older employees as hurtful to their bottom line, since older, experienced employees are often paid more. Discriminating against an employee because of age or any reason is against the law in California. What can be done when an employee experiences discrimination in the workplace? The victim can take legal action and file a lawsuit.
A man in another state recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, citing age and sexual discrimination. The man worked as a program manager and claims he was told that he was being terminated after more than 20 years working for the company. The plaintiff was 59 years old at the time of his termination. The lawsuit, which has been removed to federal court, claims he was terminated due to his age and sex.
The man claims that younger and less qualified workers were kept while older, more experienced employees were let go. Allegedly, the man was replaced with a younger, less experienced female employee after he was fired. According to the lawsuit, the company maintained 11 total managers, all of whom were female. The plaintiff claims his former employers actions were discriminatory and violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act.
Unlawful job termination not only affects a person financially, but the psychological impacts can be devastating. California workers that have experienced discrimination in the workplace could benefit from seeking the services of an experienced employment law attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in financial relief to help with lost wages and, if desired, reinstatement of employment.
Source: wvrecord.com, “Man sues Res-Care for wrongful termination of employment“, May 8, 2018