As the Baby Boomers get older, age discrimination claims have grown more common. In the past few years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- the federal agency that interprets and enforces antidiscrimination laws -- has received more than 20,000 charges of age discrimination per year.
Age discrimination is prohibited by the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Unlike other discrimination laws, the ADEA doesn't ban "reverse" discrimination. Discrimination is prohibited only against those who are at least 40 years old; younger workers aren't protected.
This section covers the ADEA and age discrimination. It also includes articles on the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, an amendment to the ADEA that prohibits age discrimination in benefits and regulates waivers of the right to sue an employer for age discrimination.