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Tennessee residents may be interested to learn that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was passed by the U.S. Congress 50 years ago. It has been amended throughout the decades, providing protection against age discrimination in the workforce for people who are at or over the age of 40.

The ADEA promotes the employment of older individuals based on their skills and ability rather than age. It also helps employers and employees find ways to mitigate problems that arise due to the impact of age on potential employment. In 1990, it was amended to include the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act.

Even though the ADEA offers wide protections against age discrimination, the number of violations continue to remain high. In 2008, there were more than 24,000 claims. Since then, the number of claims has remained above 20,000 every single year. In some cases, some of the same themes for age discrimination remain constant today as in 1967. For example, older workers often are still disadvantaged when it comes to looking or regaining employment, especially as productivity continues to rise. Further, the incidence of workers who are unemployed for the long term and thus see their skills deteriorate is higher among older workers.

When an employer or manager engages in workplace discrimination, Tennessee residents may find it more difficult to find gainful employment. If a person already is employed, workplace discrimination, which can include sex, age and race discrimination, can prevent that person from moving up in the company or completing their work to the best of their abilities. People in this type of situation might want to discuss their issues with an employment law attorney.