The Age Discrimination in Employment Act passed in 1967 ended a lot of woes for employees who often felt the doors close on their careers and room for advancement after the age of 40. The law, however, is not always fully understood by employees or employees.
While the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits basing hiring, firing or layoff decisions based on age, it does not give employees age 40 or over free reign to do as they please. Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, employers are still able to base decisions on performance, abilities and skills. The act is designed to protect employees from unwarranted decisions. It is not meant to punish employers or impede their abilities to see business get done.