Often overlooked by employers and employees alike, the ADEA prohibits discrimination against employees 40 years or older, because of their age. This statute is unique in that most American employees will at some point come under the act's protections.
Age discrimination is one of the least stigmatized types of discrimination. Employers sometimes simply overlook this protected status, focusing instead on efforts to prevent and avoid race and sex discrimination, while making employment decisions that are infused with prohibited age bias.
But as older American workers know, age discrimination is alive and well in the modern workplace today.