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ADEA: Age Discrimination in Employment Act

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The ADEA protects employees age 40 and over from age discrimination in all aspects of employment. That means employers must be alert for signs of age discrimination in application processes, hiring and firing decisions, promotion and demotion assignments and all terms and conditions of employment, including the possibility of age harassment. 

Among the traps that lay in wait for employers are age-related comments and jokes that trigger hostile environment claims and statistics that employee lawsuits use to "prove" age as a motivating factor in a reduction-in-force.

The ADEA prohibits employers from discriminating against workers who are 40 years of age or older.  The purpose of the law is to promote the employment of older workers based on their ability rather than their age, to prohibit arbitrary age discrimination in employment, and to help employers and workers find ways of resolving problems arising fro...(register to read more)

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