Frequently Asked Questions

Is it enough for a sponsor to add “age” to the list of protected characteristics in its Equal Employment Opportunity Pledge, apprenticeship application, and other literature, or must the information specify age 40 or older?

Equal Employment Opportunity

While 29 C.F.R. 30.3 only specifically prohibits age discrimination against those 40 and older, sponsors do not need to include the modifier “40 or older” in their materials referring to age discrimination if they choose not to.  Sponsors should also be aware of applicable state and/or local age discrimination laws that may apply, as some of these laws prohibit age discrimination against those who are younger than 40.

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