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What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?

The ADEA (29 U.S.C. Sections 621-634) prohibits discrimination in employment based on age. For purposes of this statute, age is defined as at least forty years of age or older. Thus, it would not be a violation of the ADEA for an employer to refuse to hire an individual because that person was twenty-five years old. However, some state laws that prohibit age discrimination have a broader definition of the protected class; for example, Oregon prohibits age discrimination against any individual eighteen years of age or older.

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