History of Age Discrimination


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What piece of legislation began raising awareness of employment inequality issues?

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1. In what year was the first act passed that banned age discrimination?

2. The ADEA is enforced by who?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This printable worksheet and interactive quiz will assess your understanding of the history of age discrimination concerns. In this quiz, questions will look at the first act banning age discrimination, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ), legal cases, and early legislation concerning employment inequality.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions will consider the following:

  • Year of the first act banning age discrimination
  • Legislation which raised awareness about employment inequality
  • The BFOQ in relation to age-based hiring
  • Enforcement of the ADEA
  • Gross v. FBL Fin. Servs., Inc.

Skills Practiced

These guides present an opportunity to demonstrate your skill in:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about legislation concerning age discrimination in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who enforces the ADEA
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on age discrimination
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the BFOQ and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Take a look at the complementary lesson, called History of Age Discrimination, for further information on this topic. Objectives of this lesson will include:

  • Define age discrimination and identify an example of it from real life
  • Identify a number of instances of legislation dealing with age discrimination
  • Explain the controversy over recent court cases dealing with the ADEA
  • Understand how age discrimination is assessed and proven in court