Someone who applies for a job at a California business hopes to receive fair consideration. Unfortunately, despite many laws explicitly banning discriminatory practices, applicants may face biased dismissals. Such may be the case when someone applies for a job, and the would-be employer disregards the resume because the applicant is “too old.” A lawsuit may follow these egregious actions.
Age discrimination continues
Older persons may wish to take advantage of labor shortages by applying for open jobs. Experience counts and someone with substantial experience may seem like a fine addition to a company. Not every enterprise seems keen on hiring an older worker, though.
According to the AARP, 78% of older job applicants experience some form of discrimination. The 78% figure represents an extraordinary level of bias in hiring and employment practices.
Refusing to hire someone because the individual is over 50 is outright discrimination. Unfortunately, many applicants never realize discrimination played a role in ignoring their application because they have no idea a would-be employer looked at a resume, noted the person’s age, and dismissed the submission.
Taking action after suffering discrimination
Anyone who experiences age discrimination may benefit from keeping records and evidence. Incriminating text messages or emails could help the cause of proving discrimination. Finding witnesses capable of supporting such claims might help as well.
Those wishing to file a discrimination complaint may approach the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Those intending to file a lawsuit might need to first file a complaint with one of those agencies. Afterward, the lawsuit could seek damages for the adverse actions.