Everything We Need to Know About the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

by  Adv. Rupa K.N  




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It is observed in society that if a person is not young enough for work, then it is considered profitable to hire a young person in the same position to gain more productivity and other skills. It is a stereotype that a person below 40 is a much more active worker in a workspace. To curve down the age base discrimination in the workplace, the US government brought the age discrimination and employment act of 1967. 

The age discrimination and employment act of 1967 were to protect workers who are above or equal to the age of 40 at our place and subject to discrimination based on their age and to protect from these practices in the employment contracts

What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967? 

It prohibits any type of Age-based discrimination at the workplace by employers from making decisions to hire, fire, or promote employees. 

  • Discrimination in employment act protects employees aged 40 and older from workplace discrimination.  
  • Discrimination in hiring or firing decisions is based on the employee or the job applicant’s age criteria. 
  • The age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 applies to all workplaces with 20 or more workers employed. 
  • The sole aim of the Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 is 2 minimize the effect of long-term unemployment on workers who are age 40 or more than that. 
  • All the cases related to age-based discrimination should be filed before the employment commission, and notice should be received to file a case in court under the Age-based discrimination act of 1967. 

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Understanding the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 1967

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 1967 in the United States talks about the prohibition of discrimination which is done on the applicant based on his age by the employer on the condition such as hiring promotion, discharge compensation, or any terms and conditions which are related to discriminatory practices specifically based on the age. 

  • Separation in recruiting rehearses, the granting or keeping of advancements, wages, terminations, and cutbacks.
  • The utilization of or offering expressions concerning specific age inclinations or restrictions.
  • Bothering a more seasoned specialist due to their age.
  • Denying advantages to more established representatives. (A business is possibly permitted to cut benefits in light old enough if the expense of giving decreased advantages to more established specialists is equivalent to what giving full advantages to more youthful laborers would cost).
  • Obligatory retirement at a specific age. (Required retirement for laborers in light old enough is just permitted with leaders who are qualified for a benefit that pays over a yearly least total).

Background of the Age Discrimination in Employment act of 1967

  • At the point when passed in 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 referred to the continuous act of utilizing erratic age limits to go with staffing choices. It noticed that the deficiency of occupation abilities because of long-haul joblessness lopsidedly influences more established laborers. The law’s goal was to limit these harmful impacts.
  • The expectation of the Demonstration, according to the Legislative assertion of discoveries and design, is “to advance work of more seasoned people given their capacity as opposed to progress in years; to preclude erratic age segregation in business; to assist managers and laborers with finding approaches to meeting issues emerging from the effect old enough on business.”

Recent Development in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

  • The age discrimination in the Employment Act of 1967 was first amended in 1986 and then again in the year 1990 to bring the benefit to the workers under the workers benefit protection act in the United States. 
  • Earlier the age cap was 70 and above it. Later, it was brought up to 40 and above.

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What is considered Age Discrimination in a Workplace?

Under the age discrimination in the employment act of 1967, it is given that refusing to raise or promote an employee just because they are 40 years of age or above will be considered age-based discrimination within the workplace. In addition, if the employer is found to be outright firing or putting a limitation on the employees of 40 years of age or above, then he will have to pay the compensation and other punishments as per the judgment under the Age-based discrimination act of 1967.

An example of each base Discrimination at our place?

One of the most common examples within society is firing an employee because the company thinks the younger workforce is more profitable for the company and that a younger employee will be more active and productive for the given task and assignments. This will come under the discrimination in employment act of 1967. 

Who can sue an employer based on discrimination?

Anyone who is the victim of unfair age base treatment within his workplace by the employer will be able to file a court case per the discrimination in employment act of 1967. 

What was the number of charges against Age-based discrimination in the United States? 

As per the data given by the US equal employment opportunity commission in the year 2020 itself, there were at least 15000 cases of discrimination based on age were filed against employers by the victims under the Age-based discrimination act of 1967

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The age discrimination in employment act of 1967 talks about the concept of Discrimination in employment by employers to employees based on age criteria.

  • Discrimination is about hiring, firing, or excluding employees just because they are not young as per society’s social standard. These types of stereotypical practices in the workplace are provided under US laws. 
  • The government of India should also try to bring progressive laws, like the Age-based discrimination act of 1967, into the new Labour Law codes so that employment contracts between the employer and employee are also valued. 

The Age Discrimination in employment act of 1967 discusses discrimination practices based on age in the workplace. To know more about age discrimination please talk to a lawyer.

Adv. Rupa K.N

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Advocate Rupa K.N, with over 24 years of independent practice, specialises in providing legal expertise, advice and guidance to a broad range of customers. Having been practising law independently for several years after doing her B.A. LLB from Bangalore University and PGDM from the National Institute of Personnel Management.

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