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ADEA@50: Infographic 3


ADEA@50 Snapshots by Decade: 1967-77, 1977-87, 1987-97, 1997-07, 2007-17

"This is not a complicated employee benefits issue. It is a fundamental civil rights issue." -Representative Henry Clay.


Congress overturns a Supreme Court decision to restore the ADEA's protection of employee benefits and expands ADEA protections to waivers of rights and claims.

  • Congress passes the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) of 1990.
  • Waivers of ADEA claims must meet minimum standards to ensure older workers are not coerced into signing away their rights.
  • Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which amends the ADEA to make its statute of limitations for filing suit the same as Title VII.
  • The Supreme Court recognizes the "ADEA is but part of a wider statutory scheme to protect employees in the workplace nationwide."