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The Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
The loss of employment for older workers is usually a devastating event with severerepercussions for the victims and their families. The loss of a job during the twilight years of ones working career can impact retirement and estate plans, health care and create other financial hardships. We find Age Discrimination particularly insidious because most older workers are unable to find comparable employment due to their age. In effect, older workers sometimes suffer double discrimination – first in the loss of employment and second in not being considered for comparable employment due to their age.
The Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of age, with the law being triggered for employees aged forty (40) and over. The Federal law does not protect employees under the age of forty (40). There are similar State and local laws that provide similar protections and may cover all employees, regardless of age, from any and all discrimination that is based upon age.