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Court Rules in Favor of Oakland Raiders in Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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A jury has voted in favor of the Oakland Raiders, which had been the target of an age discrimination-related lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie fired two veteran scouts, who had worked for the Raiders for several decades. The two men went ahead and filed an age discrimination lawsuit, alleging that they were fired from their positions because of their age. Their lawsuits claimed $3 million in damages.

However, a jury in Alameda County has now decided to side with the team. The jury voted unanimously 12-0 in favor of the Raiders. The attorneys for the Raiders argued that McKenzie chose people that he believed were better suited for the job than the two men. The attorneys denied that age had anything to do with the terminations.

Age discrimination occurs when a person is treated differently purely because of his age. Such age discrimination can be seen in industries like the technology industry, which tends to value youth, and youthful thinking above all else. In such industries, even a person in his 40s can be considered old. Discrimination can occur in several aspects of the employment process, including hiring, recruitment, pay, promotions, job assignments, promotions fringe benefits, training opportunities, and firing.

Age discrimination is not only unethical, but also illegal. It is prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which prohibits discrimination based on age against people who are 40 or above. However, age discrimination laws do not protect workers below the age of 40.

If you believe that you were treated unfairly in the workplace because of your age, speak with a California employment lawyer and discuss filing a claim.

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