What is age discrimination? The Age Discrimination
in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers with 20 or
more employees from discriminating against employees or applicants
on the basis of age. Individuals must be at least 40 years of age
to be covered by the ADEA. Harassment of employees on the basis of
age is also unlawful discrimination. The Act also protects an older
worker's disability payments, retirement incentives, life insurance,
pension, and retirement plans. Amendments
to the ADEA set out standards for waivers of legal rights by older
employees in return for retirement incentives. Many
states also have fair employment laws that prohibit age discrimination.
Different age groups may be protected under state law and smaller
employers may be subject to state requirements.
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