Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Age Discrimination Legislation

The intent of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is to protect employees and job applicants age 40 and older from discrimination based on age. In 2012, however, 45 years after the ADEA was passed, the American Association of Retired Persons surveyed seniors regarding age discrimination. More than one-third of survey respondents stated they or someone they know has experienced age discrimination in the workplace. In addition, although the ADEA was passed in 1967, between 1997 and 2012, the number of age discrimination charges filed under the ADEA, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act or the Equal Pay Act, increased in eight of the 16 years, with the highest number of charges filed in 2011. Perhaps for these and other reasons, in 2012, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act was introduced in Congress to amend the ADEA and clarify the standards for anti-discrimination claims.

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