Several recent reports suggest that people in the Fresno, California, area and throughout the United States have some areas to brush up on when it comes to how they treat older workers. For instance, one report found that managers are not thinking about having a diversity of workers who are older and younger as much as they might consider the importance of having a workplace with lots of differences in terms of race or gender or sexual orientation.

Unfortunately, though, not paying attention to age as a form of employment discrimination may prove to adversely affect women. Statistics suggested that of the 18,000 complaints alleging age discrimination that were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, most of the alleged victims were female.

Another experiment confirmed this statistic. A group submitted a collection of resumes of people with different names and ages but who were equally qualified for an open position. While older workers were not granted interviews at the same rate as younger workers, no matter their age, more men were interviewed than women.

It would be ideal if California’s workplaces made strong affirmative efforts to include workers of all ages, but, at a minimum, the employers of this state must follow the law. They must not discriminate in the hiring, firing or management of older employees. If they ignore this rule, they can be held legally accountable for their actions. If you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you should contact an attorney to discuss your case.