The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) is a federal law that protects workers age 40 and older. It is administered and enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The goal of the Act is to provide equal opportunity for citizens age 40 and older. The Act does generally exclude small businesses and this article is written to guide the small business owner, specifically the human resources manager in regards to the impact the Act has on your small business operation.
Age discrimination is a process whereby employers refuse to hire, retain or advance individuals age 40 or older. The driving force behind age discrimination is the significant cost associated of older employees against younger employees.