Everyone, regardless of their sex or race, has at least one thing in common, we all get older. Nonetheless, attitudes about our elders in society differ depending on the context. Sometimes the aged are considered wise; other times they are considered incompetent. In 1967, Congress attempted to combat age discrimination in the workplace with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA or the Act). Congress found that older Americans faced "disadvantages in their efforts to retain employment" which consisted of arbitrary age limits on employment notwithstanding that person's skill and job performance. Further, Congress prohibited arbitrary age discrimination in a number of different areas, ranging from employment agency referrals to pension benefits.
Edward P. Noonan,
The ADEA in the Wake of Seminole,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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