The Age Discrimination Act of 1975
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age (all ages) in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education gives financial assistance to schools and colleges. The Age Discrimination regulation describes conduct that violates the Act. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 does not cover employment discrimination.
The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the enforcement agency for higher education.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. The ADEA's protections apply to both employees and job applicants. Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training. The ADEA permits employers to favor older workers based on age even when doing so adversely affects a younger worker who is 40 or older.
It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on age or for filing an age discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under the ADEA.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the enforcement agency.
Please contact the Office for Equity & Compliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.7766 with any questions or concerns you have about potential age discrimination at the University. If you believe that you have been discriminated against based on age, you may submit a report online via the Maxient reporting system.