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December 14, 2019

Discrimination in the port place is never okay. Whether it is discrimination based on race or gender or discrimination based on someone’s age, these actions are illegal and they should be dealt with. A lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court alleges age and disability discrimination as well as retaliation against the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The Los Angeles age discrimination attorneys at Azadian Law Group, PC want to discuss this case as well as what you can do if you face a similar situation.

What is happening with this case?

We have learned that Marlene Panoyan, the 50-year-old former director of communications and social media for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer. The suit claims that she was the victim of poor treatment due to her age and that she was fired earlier this year after asking to take sick leave.

Panoyan Began her job with the Chamber of Commerce in October 2005. The suit claims that she was consistently praised for her work by the chamber’s former president and CEO Leron Gubler.

Gubler retired in December 2018, and his replacement was Rana Ghadban, a woman in her 30s. Citing directly from the lawsuit, it is alleged that “Upon assuming her new position as CEO of the Hollywood Chamber, Ghadban began making it known in explicit statements among the staff members that she believed that the Hollywood Chamber was old and out-of-date and needed a new, youthful and hip image and culture like the one she had implemented at the Simi Valley Chamber.”

This is not uncommon, especially in workplaces in and around Los Angeles. What many people do not realize is that age discrimination is illegal. Unfortunately, age discrimination can be difficult to detect, and instances are often unreported. Both federal and state law prohibit age discrimination in the workplace.

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) operates at the federal level.
  • The state of California has passed the California Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA) to protect older workers at the state level.

Age discrimination takes many forms. According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that age discrimination involves:

  • Being fired or laid off due to age
  • Being pressured by supervisors to quit or retire because of age
  • Not getting hired at all due to age
  • Being harassed with constant insults or remarks about age
  • Being offered less pay, benefits, or job assignments due to age

Let us help you get through your case

If you or somebody you care about has been discriminated against in the workplace due to their age, seek legal assistance immediately. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, we are dedicated to helping workers who face any type of discrimination at their place of employment. Our goal is to secure the compensation you are entitled to, which can include:

  • Recovery of lost wages
  • Reinstatement to your job
  • Court costs and legal fees
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the employer

When you need a Los Angeles age discrimination attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 213-229-9031.



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