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Age Discrimination In Employment Act Of 1967 History

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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 actually has it roots in the Civil Rights Act that became law 3 years earlier. The Civil Rights Act includes Title VII which states that discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, sex, religion and national origin has to be banned, but age was not included at that time. In 1967, the US Labour Department completed its study on the pervasiveness of age discrimination and found that it was indeed a problem. Then Congress reacted with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. It protected employees aged 40 to 65. This breakthrough law was updated as needed through the years and will undoubtedly see changes in the future. In this article, we will talk about some of the major changes to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

Back in 1978 President Jimmy Carter transferred enforcement of the ADEA to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That same year, Congress extended the limit of protection to the age of seventy. It would not be until nine years later that the upper age limit would be discontinued, protecting all elderly citizens from discrimination, no matter what age.

The Civil Rights Act of 1991 amended all the major civil rights laws in the US, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. This act overturned many recent decisions by the Supreme Court that made it difficult for age biased plaintiffs to win their cases. However, the Supreme Court did rule for them in the case of O’Connor versus Consolidated Coin Caterers Corp. in 1996, stating that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 does not require an employee that was fired to prove that his replacement was under the age of forty. Four years later, however, the Supreme Court went against those that have suffered from age discrimination once again, stating that state government agencies are protected by the Constitution from being sued for money damages.

In 2002, up to 20,000 complaints of age discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which was an all time record. The prime factors for these several complaints are usually considered to be the combination of a slumping economy and a workforce that is growing older, what with the “Baby Boom” generation beginning to reach retirement age. Only one year later, the EEOC won the largest age discrimination settlement in history, totaling 250 million dollars in back pay for 1700 public safety officers in California.

Many changes have been made over the last forty years to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and not all of them have necessarily been beneficial to those that suffer from age discrimination. As society changes with time, there will undoubtedly be changes made to this act in the near future.
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