Age discrimination is when a person’s age is used in an employment decision, unless age has been proven to be a bona fide job qualification. An example of a bona fide job qualification would be airline pilots who are limited by the FAA to a particular age.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) specifically prohibits:
• age requirements on hiring notices;
• denying a person entry to apprenticeship programs due to his
or her age;
• denying benefits to older employees; and,
• any of the discriminatory practices listed in the previous answer based on an employee’s age (when the employee is over 40 years old).