If you are age 40 or older, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects you from age-based discrimination in the workplace. Despite this federal law, however, workplace ageism remains an all-too-frequent occurrence in the U.S.
When most people think of discrimination, they immediately think of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fight against racial discrimination of all forms. However, the civil rights movement of the 1960s benefited many other categories of people and employees - in addition to minority racial groups - when it comes to anti-workplace discrimination law.
There are many ways that California employees suffer from discrimination. It could be discrimination based on race, national origin, sexual preference, gender, political persuasion, disability and other issues. Regardless of the type of discrimination, workers may be able to seek protection from the discriminatory treatment under federal law. These powerful protections give workers the right to hold their employers legally accountable and financially liable for the harm that the discriminatory actions caused.