How Much Money is My Age Discrimination Case Worth?
It is understandable to ask How Much Money is My Age Discrimination Case Worth?. With advancements in technology, it is understandable to believe that an ageing population will be forced out of the workforce. Luckily, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination.Accordingly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is tasked with federal enforcement of the ADEA. In California, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforces the State law, which is codified in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Some questions you are probably asking yourself include:
- Can my boss pass me up for a promotion over and over again?
- If my boss calls me old, what should I do?
- When my employer hires someone for my position even though he or she is much younger and less qualified, is that age discrimination?
- If my employer made fun of me by calling me an “old geezer,” “old fart, can I sue?”
- Can my employer be sued for age discrimination if he said we “need young energy in this office?
- Why is my employer giving better assignments to my younger counterparts?
Hire An Experience Age Discrimination Lawyer
These questions are often associated with conduct by an employer that is egregious and downright discriminatory. However, many of the questions that we receive at Miracle Mile Law Group revolve around the worth of an age discrimination. While other attorneys on the internet will claim to have a “calculator” that can magically tell you exactly how much your case is worth, there is no such algorithm. However, there are certain factors that can determine whether you are likely to recover for your back pay, front pay, emotional pain and suffering, and potentially even punitive damages.
For example, the longer you worked your job before getting fired, the chances of finding a comparable job and pay exponentially decrease. When you spend years of your life at a specific company, it is difficult to detach from the stigma of being “old,” or otherwise “not up to date with technology.”
The right to have a meaningful and impactful career is the foundation of the American dream. Yet far too often, big corporations attempt to deny people this basic privilege by retaliating and discriminating based on protected characteristics. Corporations do this by unlawfully terminating or discriminating against people because of their age. However, there are both Federal and State law protections in place for employees. Speak to the lawyers at Miracle Mile Law Group today to determine exactly what your rights are.
Lost Back Pay and Future Pay
If you can prove that you were discriminated against because of your age, then you may be able to recover what is known as back pay. Back pay is compensation for lost wages. Front pay, on the other hand, pays you for future lost wages up until trial. In order to prove these damages, a skilled lawyer will likely have to bring an expert, such as an economist to parse out exact damages.
Emotional Distress Damages
Emotional distress damages, also known as pain and suffering, may be a form of recovery under FEHA. It is rare in employment cases to find a terminated employee who faces physical damages. More commonly, the damages that an unlawfully terminated employee faces comes in the form of emotional damages. The fear, anxiety, depression, and loss of hope of that arises when you get terminated from a job that is your lifeline is recoverable. Nonetheless, it is hard to put an exact amount on emotional damages. That is why lawyers often times hire medical doctors as experts to put a number on these damages.
Punitive damages seek to punish the employer that acts with malice, fraud, or oppression. However, punitive damages are not usually awarded in employment cases unless there is particularly egregious behavior. For example, if the defendant employer has been sued before for the same conduct over and over again, it likely shows that they know their conduct is harmful, but they still engage in it anyways. Punitive damages are not usually available under the ADEA, but they are under State law.
You may be also to receive attorney’s fees for your age discrimination case. Contact a lawyer to see if you qualify.
Talk to a Los Angeles Age Discrimination Lawyer today. We offer free consultations and you pay nothing unless we win.
The lawyers at Miracle Mile Law Group are specially trained in handling age discrimination lawsuits. If you believe you have been or currently are a victim of discrimination based on your age, contact a Los Angeles race discrimination lawyer today. Having a lawyer by your side when trying to prove that you have been discriminated against is essential. The lawyers here at Miracle Mile Law Group are trained at identifying what to look for when going up against your employer. These cases are very time sensitive so give us a call at (888) 244-0706 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation. Remember, we do not take a single dollar unless WE WIN!