'Hiring Babies': California Court Examines Harassing, Discriminatory Ageism

June 06, 2024 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Matthew J. Roberts, J.D.; Associate General Counsel for Labor and Employment, CalChamber

When we think of harassment in the workplace, we often equate the issue to sex harassment thanks to years of required training on that subject.

However, California law — through the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) — has many protected characteristics beyond sex that may create liability for harassment and discrimination. And one characteristic, an employee’s age if they are 40 years or older, is beginning to see increased scrutiny, as both longevity and economics has employees working much longer than in past generations.

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