Age Discrimination

Age discrimination occurs when someone is treated adversely solely because of his or her age. For example, an employer may face age discrimination claims by failing to promote workers over 40 years old in favor of younger workers with identical qualifications. Age discrimination also can occur when someone is harassed because of his or her age -- similar to how sexual harassment is technically an act of sex discrimination. In addition to employment, federal laws also prohibit age discrimination in education and federally funded health care programs. While the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies only to those 40 and older, other federal laws protect people of all ages.

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