Today's world of work looks very different from that of even a decade ago. Many businesses and employers offer workers more flexibility with regard to working offsite or remotely. Additionally, workers may have more say in and control over when and how they work. A growing number of workers today are also legally designated as independent contractors.
Some say age is just a number or that you're only as old as you feel. While in some respects this may be true, studies indicate that many workplaces don't hold the same view. According to the author of one age discrimination study, many employers are guilty of believing negative stereotypes related to older workers.
Many California residents have likely heard of The Family and Medical Leave Act. While readily associated with employees who take time off of work after having a baby, FMLA provides many other important protections to employees of all ages, regardless of sex.
On November 13, 2014 Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP, teamed up with another nationally recognized and Washington, DC based civil rights firm, (Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC), and filed a lawsuit against the California Institute of Technology ("Caltech") in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit alleges that high-level Caltech administrators retaliated against senior Caltech Professor, Dr. Sandra M. Troian, and have made her working conditions intolerable because she reported violations of federal export laws to the FBI concerning the handling of sensitive information at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ("JPL") which is managed by Caltech. Along with attorneys at Bernabei & Wachtel, Dan Stormer and Cindy Pánuco represent Dr. Troian in the suit which has received worldwide publicity.
In past decades, in the workplace an individual's age equated to knowledge and experience. These more experienced employees were often highly sought-after for the unique insight and expertise they possessed. While employees age 40 and older are still certainly highly sought-after, today some industries and workplaces prefer to hire younger employees who demand lower salaries and can be trained for certain positions.