Age Discrimination Act of 1975

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The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (hereinafter Age Act) prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The law states, in part, that:

[N]o person in the United States shall, on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

42 U.S.C. § 6102

The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Age Act, investigating Age Act-related complaints, and providing technical assistance to recipients of Department of Energy financial assistance. The Department has promulgated regulations that implement the Age Act. The regulations can be found at 10 C.F.R. Part 1040.

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