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Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Definition - What does Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) mean?

The Age Discrimination In Employment Act (ADEA) is a law that forbids employers from treating employees, or prospective employees, unfairly due to being forty years of age or older. This law was passed in 1967. The law is primarily focused on the hiring and firing of employees. It is an attempt to prevent age alone from being a determinative factor for either situation

Justipedia explains Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Discrimination can occur at age, just as it can occur for ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, etc. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act is an attempt to keep the playing field level for the aging population. The aging population dramatically expanded when the baby boomer generation reached forty years of age and beyond. This increase in population created an increased need for legislation to protect older workers from unfair treatment in the workplace. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act was the result.

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