Age Discrimination

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Background

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in federally-funded programs. Congress intended the act to apply broadly, including to such areas as education, health services, housing, and social services. However, Congress undercut the act’s effectiveness by failing to provide adequate means to enforce rights under the act. As a result victims have used the act infrequently (see Chapter 5, Employment—Employment Discrimination against Older Workers).

Age Discrimination: Policy

Age discrimination

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Congress should amend the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 to strengthen the law’s definition of “discrimination” and ensure that it provides victims with adequate remedies, including monetary damages and a private cause of action in federal court

States should enact and enforce strong anti-age discrimination laws and ensure that such laws provide victims with adequate remedies, including monetary damages and a private cause of action in state court (see chapter 5, Employment—Employment Discrimination Against Older Workers).