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Age Discrimination

August 1, 1997 • Volume 7, Issue 29
Does federal law protect older workers' job rights?
By Richard L. Worsnop

Introduction

At the Kuempel Chime Clock Works & Studio in Excelsior, Minn., the average age of the workers is in the upper 60s. At the Kuempel Chime Clock Works & Studio in Excelsior, Minn., the average age of the workers is in the upper 60s.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the nation's first law protecting the job rights of older workers. Labor and management groups agree that the ADEA has helped make Americans more aware that workers of traditional retirement age can be just as productive as their younger colleagues. Nonetheless, corporate downsizing campaigns are often accused of targeting older workers because they earn disproportionately high salaries. Laid-off workers over age 40 can file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission if they suspect age bias caused their job loss. EEOC statistics show, however, that few such complaints succeed and that employers are becoming increasingly adept at shedding older employees without running afoul of the law.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Older Americans and Senior Citizens
Sep. 30, 2011  Prolonging Life
Mar. 15, 2011  The Graying Planet
Oct. 13, 2006  Caring for the Elderly
Feb. 20, 1998  Caring For the Elderly
Aug. 01, 1997  Age Discrimination
Dec. 06, 1991  Retiree Health Benefits
Aug. 19, 1988  The Elderly in an Aging America
Nov. 21, 1986  Home Health Care
Aug. 06, 1982  Housing Options for the Elderly
Nov. 10, 1971  Plight of the Aged
Nov. 06, 1963  Nursing Homes and Medical Care
May 20, 1959  Housing for the Elderly
Sep. 04, 1957  Health of the Aged
Aug. 01, 1949  Older People
Mar. 29, 1938  The Job Problem for Older Workers
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Civil Rights: Senior Citizens
Equal Employment Opportunity & Discrimination
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