What Is the Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1992?

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The Age Discrimination and Employment Act prevents discrimination in employment decisions against individuals who are 40 years old or older. Learn about the exceptions to the Age Discrimination and Employment Act with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on law and legal questions.

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You may be an employee who is over forty, and in this economy you are worried about perhaps being laid off or set back in employment opportunities because of your age and you vaguely heard something about discrimination in employment against age or something of that nature and you don't know what your rights are but you'd like to know. Hello, I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question, what is the Age Discrimination and Employment Act of nineteen ninety two. Well first of all, this is a federal act that was enacted in nineteen ninety two and designed to prevent or prohibit the discrimination in employment decisions against individuals age forty or above, simply because of their age. Since that act, a number of states and even local municipalities and counties of states have enacted similar age and discrimination and employment acts which prevent an employer from simply treating you differently because you're age forty or older. But generally speaking there are exceptions to this law where there are bona fide occupational qualifications. But if your particular instance does not fall within a bona fide occupational qualification, you probably have protection under the law. It's a very complex and complicated area of the law and if you're not sure you should seek the services of an attorney specializing in labor law and more specifically in that sub specialty of employment discrimination to find out what your rights and obligations are under the act. I'm Robert Todd and thank you for watching.

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