Prevent Age Discrimination

Key Points

  • An employer should implement discrimination and harassment policies that specifically prohibit age discrimination and view all individuals on their merit, skills and qualifications. Providing training on the policies may help to increase sensitivity and awareness of age discrimination.
  • During the hiring process, an employer should be sensitive about age discrimination and avoid mentioning age in job advertisements, requesting age in job applications or asking any preemployment question that suggests discrimination based on age. Workplace policies should be carefully reviewed and analyzed - especially policies on hiring, compensation, benefits, retirement and reductions in force - to determine if there is any adverse impact on older employees. If there is an adverse impact, the employer should aim to have a business-related reason for any adverse impact.
  • An employer should recognize that it is permissible to differentiate on the basis of age if age is a bona fide occupational qualification.

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