The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects people 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. The ADEA states that it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training. The ADEA applies not only to employees but also to job applicants.
The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees. The law also applies to employers in state, federal and local government. The ADEA does permit employers to favor older workers based on age even when doing so adversely affects a younger worker who is 40 or older. It is also important to note that discrimination under this act can occur when the aggrieved employee and the employer or supervisor are both over 40 years old.
The ADEA requires employers to keep records for three years of each employee. The records must include the employees name, address, date of birth, occupation, rate of pay and weekly compensation.
If you feel you have been the victim of age discrimination in the workplace, please do not hesitate to call our offices in Tampa or Tallahassee. When you call, an attorney will be happy to discuss your claim and determine your best options.