The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 actually has it roots in the Civil Rights Act that became law three 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 must be banned, but age was not included at that time.
In 1967, the US Labor Department completed its study on the pervasiveness of age discrimination and found that it was a problem. Congress reacted with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. It protected workers aged 40 to 65. This breakthrough law would be updated as needed through the years and will undoubtedly see changes in the future. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the major changes to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.