Discrimination in the workforce is illegal. There are laws in place such as the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to prevent discriminatory hiring practices.

Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

The law forbids discrimination in every aspect of employment.

Though there are laws in place to protect jobseekers, it does not mean that discrimination does not occur throughout the hiring process. We still hear in the news and in research studies that discriminatory hiring practices still occur. One research study showed that discrimination happened based on how your name sounds!

One of the most common phrases we hear from our Center members that

I didn't get the job because I'm too old

What is age discrimination?

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states do have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination.

In this podcast episode, we have a round table discussion discussing about age discrimination practices and the issues that come up around age and potential age discrimination. Discover what mindset shifts and tips that can help you in your career search no what matter what your age.

If you feel that you have been discriminated because of your age you can file a charge of discrimination with EEOC or contact an employee-side employment lawyer in your state about your rights.

Learn more about how the law protects you against discriminatory policies and practices: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/practices/

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For more information and to learn more about San Diego Metro Career Centers, visit http://www.metrocareercenters.org/