Who does the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protect?

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal law that protects older job applicants and workers from age-based discrimination in the hiring process, termination, compensation, benefits and terms of employment.

The ADEA applies to employees 40 years of age or older who work for employers with at least 20 employees. Not everyone is covered under the law. For example, the ADEA does not protect independent contractors from age discrimination.

California employees are also protected under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. The state law generally provides a broader scope of protections than the ADEA.

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