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Definition of Discrimination

 AGE DISCRIMINATION The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (the ADEA) protects employees who are over 40 years old from discrimination because of their age. The ADEA prohibits employers from hiring, firing, promoting, or demoting employees based on their age.

The ADEA applies to federal, state, and local governments, as well as all employers with more than twenty employees. This includes employment agencies and unions.

However, the ADEA does not protect certain groups of employees. This includes those hired by independent contractors and elected officials. There are also other exceptions to the ADEA when it is an integral part of the job. For example, an employer can hire a child or young person to play a part in a movie, television show, commercial, etc. if that is what the role requires.

An amendment to the ADEA, the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (the OWBPA) protects workers from employers taking away benefits and retirement except under certain circumstances. The OWBPA also disallows employers forcing older workers into early retirement. An exception to this is the mandatory retirement ages of airline pilot and bus drivers due to safety reasons.

If you believe that you are a victim of age discrimination in the workplace and you believe that your job rights have been violated you have the right to file a charge of discrimination.  This is a required step before you are allowed to file a discrimination lawsuit.
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