Key Point 8-13. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers with 20 or more employees, and engaged in interstate commerce, from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of the age of an employee or applicant for employment who is 40 years of age or older. The Act does not exempt religious organizations. Many states have similar laws that often apply to employers having fewer than 20 employees.
In 1967, Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act to prohibit employers engaged in an industry affecting commerce and employing at least 50 employees from making employment decisions that discriminate against individuals from 40 to 65 years old on account of age. 29 U.S.C. §§ 621-634. Congress later amended the Act to apply to employers employing 20 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the ...
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