A law that prohibits the making of employment decisions (e.g., hiring, promotion)
based on age. It applies to employees or applicants who are 40 years or older
and to companies with 20 or more employees. The ADEA specifies various remedies
if a firm is found to have violated the law. Some of these include: hiring an
applicant who was discriminated against, reinstating a terminated employee,
and paying of back wages, liquidated damages, "front" pay until an employee
reaches the age of 70, court costs, and attorneys' fees.
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