The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act
Section 201 of the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) applies the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) to legislative branch employees. This protects covered employees age 40 or older from discrimination based on age. The CAA only protects individuals who are at least 40 years old against discrimination.
The law generally prohibits the use of age as a motivating factor in personnel actions, such as hiring, discharge, promotion, pay, or benefits. A covered employee over 40 may also assert that he or she is harassed because of age if certain conduct creates a hostile work environment or interferes with an individual’s work performance.