Ageism in the Workplace Toolkit

Age discrimination as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

"Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination. It is not illegal for an employer or other covered entity to favor an older worker over a younger one, even if both workers are age 40 or older. Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are both over 40."

 

Age Discrimination Workplace Laws

  • Age Discrimination FAQ (WorkplaceFairness.org)
  • List of Federal Age Discrimination Laws (US Dept. of Labor)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) which applies to employees who are 40 years old and over, working at legally covered entities who employ 20 or more workers. It does not protect workers under the age of 40. The ADEA applies to work situations ranging from hiring, firing, pay decisions, and promotions as well as harassment.

 

Ageism Against Older Workers / Volunteers

 

Reverse Ageism Against Younger Workers

 

Addressing Ageism & Generational Gaps