Age discrimination age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age the age discrimination in employment act adea forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older it does not protect workers under the age of 40 although some states have laws that protect younger . The age discrimination act is enforced by the civil rights center the age discrimination in employment act of 1967 adea protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring promotion discharge compensation or terms conditions or privileges of employment. Age discrimination in employment act the adeas broad ban against age discrimination also specifically prohibits statements or specifications in job notices or advertisements of age preference and limitations an age limit may only be specified in the rare circumstance where age has been proven to be a bona fide occupational qualification bfoq. Employment discrimination law in the united states derives from the common law and is codified in numerous state and federal laws particularly the civil rights act of 1964 as well as in the ordinances of counties and municipalities these laws prohibit discrimination based on certain characteristics or protected categories. If you think all employers equate age with experience these statistics will be a rude awakening even though the age discrimination in employment act was signed into law over a century ago some employers have not been deterred from making employment decisions based on a workers or job applicants age
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