Employers are often the target of age discrimination lawsuits. The employment attorneys at Payne & Fears have decades of experience defending employers against age discrimination claims. Our attorneys represent employers in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration and before governmental agencies. For more than 30 years, Payne & Fears litigators have successfully disposed of age discrimination claims. 

Age Discrimination: Representative Matters

Our experience with age discrimination claims includes the following successes:

  • Payne & Fears employment attorneys obtained a complete defense victory for a major local manufacturer in an age discrimination case where the plaintiff alleged our client discriminated against the plaintiff based upon his age, retaliated against him for making internal complaints, breached an employment contract, wrongfully terminated the plaintiff, and wrongfully withheld several hundred thousand dollars of salary and stock options. After a five-day arbitration, our attorneys obtained an award in the employer’s favor on all claims.
  • Payne & Fears employment attorneys won complete defense verdicts in four recent jury trials. The cases–three in Los Angeles Superior Court and one in the U.S.D.C. Central District of California–involved claims of age, disability, sex, and race discrimination, along with harassment, defamation, and other related causes of action. Two of the plaintiffs appealed, and Payne & Fears attorneys successfully defended both verdicts in front of the Court of Appeal.
  • Payne & Fears successfully defended a judgment in its client’s favor before the Second District of the California Court of Appeal. In Massoud v. Corinthian Colleges Inc., Payne & Fears had obtained a complete defense verdict after a jury trial on claims of age discrimination and retaliation. The unsuccessful plaintiff appealed, asserting that the trial court had improperly denied several jury instructions that the plaintiff had requested. Payne & Fears argued in response that a litigant is not entitled to a slew of instructions that isolate or emphasize selective points in that party’s case. The Court of Appeal agreed and affirmed the judgment in all respects for Payne & Fears’ client.
  • Payne & Fears won an employment discrimination case for its client by obtaining a summary judgment from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. In Brown v. Everest Colleges Phoenix Inc. et al., the plaintiff sued her former employer for sex discrimination, age discrimination, and violation of the Equal Pay Act, alleging that a younger, male employee was paid higher compensation than she was for the same work. Payne & Fears presented a detailed factual showing that the comparator employee was transitioning between positions and fell within the Equal Pay Act’s “red circling” principle. The court agreed and granted complete defense summary judgment.

Age Discrimination: How We Can Help

Payne & Fears represents employers from a cross-section of industries in age discrimination matters. To ensure our clients receive the most current information, Payne & Fears employment attorneys closely monitor the most recent court filings, settlements, opinions, and public hearings from regulatory agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Though we seek to tailor our strategy toward avoiding the costs and complications of drawn-out litigation, we are prepared to defend our employer clients in age discrimination matters of any size.