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Civil Rights Requirements- B. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 U.S.C. § 6101 et seq.

The Age Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. A provider generally may not exclude, deny, or provide different or lesser services to applicants or beneficiaries, on the basis of age.

Examples of conduct that may violate the Age Discrimination Act include:

  • In a computer training program, trainees over 40 are discouraged from seeking referrals to computer systems jobs. These older trainees are told that the systems jobs require travel between different job sites, are tiring and are more suitable for the younger trainees.
  • A training program for classroom aides does not admit anyone under 30. The provider believes that persons under 30 are not mature enough to work with school age children.
  • A provider has a job referral arrangement with an employer who refuses to accept anyone over 30 from the provider's automotive repair training class.

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