The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (the ADEA)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
to get help now.
You may deserve compensation.