In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an historic law into effect prohibiting employment bias on the grounds of age: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). This act gives certain labor protections to workers over age 40. But do you know how this law affects employment at your company? Here is an overview of the ADEA and some key information to know.
What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?
The ADEA specifies that any time an employer makes a decision about personnel, whether hiring, determining pay, firing, or considering position changes, it cannot factor age into the final decision. Decision makers are not allowed to establish preferred ages in any step of the hiring process. It’s important to note asking for a candidate’s birth date on an application however, is not illegal.