The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits all public employers and private employers with 20 or
more employees from discriminating against employees or applicants
based on age. Individuals must be at least 40 years of age to be covered
by the ADEA. Harassment of employees based on age is also unlawful
discrimination. The ADEA 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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