In 1967 Congress passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to protect individuals over 40 from being discriminated against because of their age in company employment as well as in the job market. Some of the areas where age discrimination is prohibited includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hiring
  • Compensation
  • Firing Benefits
  • Promotions
  • Job Assignments
  • Layoff
  • Training

The ADEA applies when more then 20 employees are employed by:

  • Private businesses
  • Federal government
  • State governments
  • Employment agencies
  • Local governments
  • Labor organizations

Generally apprenticeship programs and job advertisements are not allowed to require age limitations, specifications or preferences. If a “bona fide occupational qualification” can be shows as reasonably required for the nature of the business, sometimes an exception is made regarding a job advertisement.

If an individual opposes age discrimination practices, files a charge, or participates in an ADEA investigation, proceeding, or litigation, which includes testifying, he or she is legally protected against employer retaliation.

If you have concerns that you may have been discriminated against because of your age, we offer a free consultation to discuss your issues. Please call our office at (208) 331-2100 to arrange an appointment.