ADEA@50 Snapshots by Decade: 1967-77, 1977-87, 1987-97, 1997-07, 2007-17.
"Who has the best qualifications for the job?" - President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1967 - 1977
On December 15, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) into law, prohibiting age discrimination against workers ages 40 to 65. Private employers with 25 or more employees, employment agencies, and labor organizations must comply with the ADEA. Congress charges the Department of Labor with enforcement of the ADEA. President Nixon calls age discrimination "age-ism" and calls for increased enforcement and protections. Congress expands the ADEA to federal, state, and local governments and private employers with 20 or more employees.