You should never have to worry about discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination happens all the time. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, we are here to help if you need a Los Angeles employment lawyer. In many cases, this type of behavior is not obvious, and we know that it happens in many different ways. Today, we want to talk about a recent verdict against the LA Times for age discrimination.
Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers filed a lawsuit against the paper in 2013, alleging they discriminated against him due to his age. Simers was 62-years-old at the time the lawsuit began.
Now, a jury has handed down a verdict in the case – the LA times owes Simers $15.5 million.
A jury found made this award based on a few factors:
The LA Times will likely appeal the decisions. A spokesperson said, “We believe that the award is unreasonable.”
Throughout this case, Simers’ attorney has argued that Simers was “constructively terminated.” This is a legal term used to describe actions an employer makes to alter the conditions of employment such that the employee is forced to quit.
Age discrimination in the workplace shows up in many ways. In many cases, it happens just like it did in the Simers case. The employer, looking to get in younger employees (that they may be able to pay less), find a way to get the older worker to quit.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. It is illegal, and both federal and state agencies enforce these discrimination laws.
We are glad that Mr. Simers took a stand against unfair treatment in the workplace and wish him luck in retirement.
Workplace discrimination cannot be tolerated. If you have experienced discrimination on the job, please seek legal assistance immediately. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work on your case. We understand all aspects of employment law and are ready to help secure the compensation you deserve. This can include: