Age Discrimination

As the Baby Boomers get older, age discrimination claims have grown more common. In the past few years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) — the federal agency that interprets and enforces antidiscrimination laws — has received more than 20,000 charges of age discrimination per year.

Age discrimination is prohibited by the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Unlike other discrimination laws, the ADEA doesn’t ban “reverse” discrimination. Discrimination is prohibited only against those who are at least 40 years old; younger workers aren’t protected.

This section covers the ADEA and age discrimination. It also includes articles on the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, an amendment to the ADEA that prohibits age discrimination in benefits and regulates waivers of the right to sue an employer for age discrimination.

Articles on Age Discrimination

Common Penalties Associated With Age Discrimination
An employer who violates the ADEA can be ordered to pay back wages, attorney fees, and more..

What Is the Statute of Limitations For Filing an Age Discrimination Charge and Lawsuit?
Find out the time limits for filing a charge of age discrimination and an age discrimination lawsuit.

Age Discrimination in Benefits
Employers must provide equal benefits to older and younger workers, with a few exceptions.

Age Discrimination Q&A

Resources on Age Discrimination

Your Rights in the Workplace
This essential reference explains all of your workplace rights, including the right to be free from discrimination and harassment on the job.

The Essential Guide to Handling Workplace Harassment and Discrimination
Written for managers and employers, this handy reference explains how to recognize and handle discrimination claims.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The website of the federal EEOC, which provides information on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, how to file an age discrimination charge, and much more.

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