Age Discrimination in the Workplace

As Workforce Ages, Experts Warn Employers to be Cautious of Age Discrimination

As American workers continue to remain in the workforce later in life than in previous time periods, Human Resources Executive Online (HRE) warns employers to be aware of age related discrimination issues.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, established in 1967, prohibits “employment discrimination of any term or condition of employment, as well as harassment due to age against persons 40 or older.”

It applies to employers with at least 20 employees; labor organizations with at least 25 members; employment agencies; and federal, state and local governments. This protection also extends to workers who are discriminated against compared to co-workers age 40 and older.

HRE encourages employers to be avoid asking age related questions in employment applications, be sure not to promote job postings to only certain age groups, and also encourages employers to offer training to maturing populations on new technology or other industry changes.

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The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from Human Resource Executive Online on December 12, 2018, written by Paul Salvatore.

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