Age Discrimination Attorney LawyerGoogle is at the center of another age-discrimination lawsuit.  In 2005, a complaint filed in Santa Clara superior court by Brian Reid, a 51-year old employee claimed that Reid was criticized for being “culturally” different and was an “old fuddy duddy.”  Eventually Google and Reid settled out of court. Now another older gentleman has sued the giant Silicon Valley search engine company over age bias of a different nature. Robert Heath says he was not hired for a position because of his age.  Heath claims that his score in Java Certification is in the 96th percentile, making him an extremely qualified candidate. Heath claims that he was told he make a great candidate originally by a Google intake interviewer, but ultimately note hired, allegedly based on his age.

Age discrimination is illegal and prohibited by both California and federal laws. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for any employer with over 5 employees to discriminate against an employee based on an unlawful reason, such as race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, or any other protected reason.  California law is actually broader than federal laws, with respect to age discrimination. FEHA makes it presumptively unlawful for an employer to use “salary” as the basis for selecting employees for layoffs. This is in stark contrast to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which permits employers to take action based on “reasonable factors other than age”  Individuals who succeed in bringing age discrimination claims are entitled to back-pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees.

In addition, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination for workers over the age of 40.  Any settlement agreement of an age discrimination claim must conform to the standards of the 1990 Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA).

AXIS Legal Counsel is an employment law firm representing clients  in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is sexual harassment, other kinds of harassment, discrimination, medical/disability discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, workplace bullying, or other claims, AXIS Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service.  AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers Rising Stars, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.

For information on retaining AXIS Legal Counsel for any employment matter, contact or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation, or visit our Employee’ Rights Practice Area, or Individual Rights Portal. AXIS is a Los Angeles, California employment law firm serving employees all over Los Angeles and California.

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