Due to the ever-changing economic environment in modern California, some businesses are doing anything and everything to stay afloat. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for business owners to take drastic measures at the expense of dedicated and hard-working employees. As the American workforce ages, companies and businesses are weeding out older employees in order to portray a more youthful and exuberant image to consumers. Allegations of age discrimination are making headlines around the country these days.
A man in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, alleging age discrimination. The man was employed as a store manager and had worked for the company for 38 years. He claims he was fired due to his age and medical condition. The lawsuit asserts that the man was diagnosed with stress/anxiety disorder and took two weeks off for medical leave at the recommendation of his doctor.
According to the lawsuit, a manager from another store with little experience covered for the plaintiff while he was out, which may have caused the yearly inventory totals to show higher loss than the previous year. After returning to work, the plaintiff claims he was given his first bad review in 38 years and fired only a month later. The plaintiff alleges he was given no severance package and replaced by a younger employee.
Laws exist at the federal and state levels to protect employees from being discriminated against. Those in California who have experienced discrimination in the workplace could benefit by seeking the services of an attorney experienced in employment law. Damages from a successfully litigated lawsuit could be used to replace wages and other financial losses.