What does Age protected class status mean?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination.” *

In Minnesota, “the Minnesota Human Rights Act protects employees who are 18 and older from age discrimination.” ** The Act does include a provision that if age is a “bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for the job in question”*** then there is no discrimination.

*https://www.eeoc.gov/age-discrimination
**https://mn.gov/mdhr/employers/federal-laws/
***https://www.blr.com/HR-Employment/Discrimination/Age-Discrimination-in-Minnesota

Age Discrimination

Verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of their age (protected class), and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment.

Age Harassment

Conduct that is directed at an individual because of their age (protected class) and that subjects the individual to differential treatment so as to interfere with or limit the ability of the individual to participate in, or benefit from, the services, activities, or privileges…

Target of Discrimination or Harassment

If you feel physically threatened, remove yourself from the situation and seek help immediately from University Security at 389-2111, or dial 911 for the Mankato Police Department. If the situation is not physically threatening, and you feel comfortable talking to the individual...

Can Discrimination or Harassment Happen to You?

Discrimination or harassment can occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty - student, supervisor - employee, student - student, employee - employee, and other relationships with persons having business with or visiting the campus.

Investigation of Discrimination and/or Harassment Complaints

Minnesota State Mankato is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and educational opportunity. Equal Opportunity & Title IX, under Board Policy 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education, assists students/employees...

Retaliation Prohibited

Retaliation is prohibited by Minnesota State Mankato. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intentionally engaging in any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment against an individual because that individual made a complaint under the 1B.1 Nondiscrimination Policy, assisted...