What is the ADEA?

The ADEA is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, a U.S. federal law that forbids age discrimination against applicants or employees who are 40 years or older. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the ADEA.

The ADEA prohibits age discrimination in hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. The law does not protect people who are younger than 40 years old, although some states have enacted laws that shield younger workers from age discrimination.

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