The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) makes age discrimination illegal. The ADEA prohibits discrimination against individuals over the age of 40. Like the other discrimination laws, if you are over 40, your employer may not discriminate against you on the basis of your age, and you are also protected from harassment on the basis of your age.
Like the other anti-discrimination laws, the ADEA prohibits any type of adverse action against you because of your age including the failure to hire you or a discharge because of your age. This also includes age harassment, which typically involves hostility or abuse directed at you by other employees because of your age. The ADEA also prohibits retaliation against you for complaining about age discrimination or for participating in someone else’s age discrimination case.