The workplace should be free from discriminatory practices at every stage of the employment process. This includes hiring, on-the-job training opportunities and termination decisions. Discrimination can come in many different forms, including discrimination on the basis of someone’s age. Ageism can be a problem for California employers, and it could lead to costly and stressful legal claims. Avoidance of age discrimination claims is critical.
Age discrimination can come in many different forms. As an employer, it is in your interests to establish practices that reduce the chance of these instances from happening and discourage ageism at all levels of your company. This will not only promote a more positive culture in your workplace, but it will also reduce the chance that your company is subject to a legal claim due to alleged discriminatory practices.
The effects of age discrimination in your company
Age discrimination can take many forms, and it is one of the most common reasons that employees file lawsuits. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, allegations of age discrimination have accounted for approximately 25% of all claims filed. It is also the reason for some of the biggest payouts, costing employers and different companies millions of dollars. Ways to avoid age discrimination include:
- Provide your employees with discrimination and diversity training on a regular basis.
- Establish practices that reward employees on the basis of merit instead of other factors.
- Develop, implement and enforce fair policies that treat all employees equitably.
- Don’t approach hiring decisions, termination or interviews with an employee’s age as a deciding factor.
Age discrimination and a company culture that allows ageism can expose your business to the risk of serious financial loss. It is in your interests to start immediately to rid your company of any policies or practices that could result in a claim.
Defense against an age discrimination claim
Allegations of discrimination of any kind can be detrimental for your business. Age discrimination can be a problem for many California businesses, but it does not have to be for yours. An assessment of your case can help you identify potential problem areas, as well as provide guidance on how to reduce risk. Additionally, if you are already facing a claim over age discrimination, immediate action to defend your company is critical.