Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended (ADEA), protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older. The ADEA has no upper age limit. ADEA Sections 4(a), (b), and (c) prohibit an employer, employment agency, or labor organization from discriminating against any individual with respect ot compensation, terms conditions, or privileges of employment because of his/her/ age. These sections also prohibit covered entities from depriving an individuals of employment opportunities or taking any other adverse action against an individual because of his/her age. The ADEA covers employers with 20 or more employees, employment agencies, and labor organizations, as well as the agents of these entities. The term "employer" includes state and local governments. Although the United States is excluded from the ADEA's definition of "employer," the Act's prohibitions against age discrimination also apply to the federal government.