Age discrimination involves treating someone less favorably because of his or her age. Age is defined as “the number of years elapsed from the date of a person’s birth.” Age is protected by federal, and state law, and university policy. The North Carolina Office of State Personnel defines people protected under the classification of age as “persons 40 years of age or older.”

Similarly, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, which states “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance and forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older.”

Examples of inappropriate conduct based on age include, but are not limited to, refusal to hire a qualified individual because the individual is older than 40 years of age and making disparaging remarks about an individual’s age.

ECU policy prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of age under the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, ECU’s Notice of Nondiscrimination, and the Unlawful Workplace Harassment Policy.