Federal law has prohibited many forms of age discrimination in the workplace since 1967 when Congress enacted the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The Act says that employers cannot discriminate against workers on the basis of how old they are.
Roberleigh Richester began working for the Centinela Valley Union High School District in 1999. In 2008, he received the "Security of the Year" award at Lawndale High. In 2012, at age 63, he retired from the school district, claiming he had been discriminated against because of his age since he turned 60.
Lory Fabian, a former alumni coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, has filed suit against the NFL team alleging age discrimination. According to her lawsuit, the Rams have been consistently firing middle-aged women and replacing them with younger workers.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a final rule on Friday intended to clarify protections offered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA is intended to protect workers 40 and older from both intentional and as-applied workplace discrimination based on age.