These are important to understand before you file any claim, so you are better informed as to the ways in which your employer has shown ageism and/or denied your the compensation, incentives, and benefits that you deserve in the workplace. There are many federal and state laws and agencies in place that prevent your employer from showing such discrimination against employees over the age of 40. These include the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA); U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
The ADEA and the FEHA prescribe strict penalties for employers who discriminate, harass, and/or retaliate against employees over the age of 40 in all phases of the employment process. This includes during hiring, carrying out tasks associated with the position, and termination. If you 40 years of age or older and you believe you have been discriminated against in any aspect of your employment, you may have a case against your employer.