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.

Download a poster related to the Age Act and other external civil rights laws here.

Filing a Complaint of Discrimination: 
If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of age by a recipient of federal financial assistance, you may file a complaint with the:

Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20585 
(202) 586-2218 

Your complaint should contain the following information: your name, address, and telephone number; the name and address of the agency, institution, or department you believe discriminated against you; how, why, and when you believe you were discriminated against, including as much information as possible about the alleged acts of discrimination, and the names of the individuals whom you allege discriminated against you, if known; and the names of any persons, if known, that the investigating agency could contact for additional information to support or clarify your allegations. 

Questions? Call us at (202) 586-2218