As the American workforce ages, it’s becoming commonplace for employers to force out older workers. However, older workers can be just as proficient as younger workers, and older workers have just as many rights as younger workers. The Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 made it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee based on age. Unfortunately, this does not stop age discrimination from happening in the workplace.
A 60-year-old man in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after he was allegedly fired from his job because of his age. The man worked as a police officer for an airport for over 11 years. According to the lawsuit, the man was given a poor evaluation by a younger supervisor in an attempt to force the plaintiff into retirement. The man said that, prior to this, he had always received excellent performance reviews and received annual raises. The lawsuit also claimed that the supervisor brought up the plaintiff’s age to co-workers on occasion
Allegedly, the supervisor threatened the plaintiff by telling him he needed to self-demote also subjected the plaintiff to a summary review, which the plaintiff had never heard of. During the review, the man claims he had to sign documents containing complaints made about him by his co-workers, but his supervisor refused to give him copies. A few weeks later, according to the claim, the plaintiff was fired.
Unfortunately, age discrimination is becoming prevalent these days. Discrimination in any form is immoral and wrong. California residents who have suffered discrimination at work may want to discuss the matter with a legal representative. An experienced attorney can provide guidance and help victims obtain rightful compensation.