Age Discrimination Act of 1975
Section 6101. Statement of purpose
It is the purpose of this chapter to prohibit discrimination on the
basis of age in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.
Section 6102. Prohibition of discrimination
Pursuant to regulations prescribed under section 6103 of this title,
and except as provided by section 6103(b) of this title and section 6103(c)
of this title, 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
Section 6103. Regulations
(a) Publication in Federal Register of proposed general regulations,
final general regulations, and anti-discrimination regulations; effective
(1) Not later than one year after the transmission of the report required
by section 6106(b) of this title, or two and one-half years after November
28, 1975, whichever occurs first, the Secretary of Health and Human Services
shall publish in the Federal Register proposed general regulations to carry
out the provisions of section 6102 of this title.
(2)(A) The Secretary shall not publish such proposed general regulations
until the expiration of a period comprised of--
(i) the forty-five day period specified in section 6016(e) of this title,
(ii) an additional forty-five day period, immediately following the
period described in clause (i), during which any committee of the Congress
having jurisdiction over the subject matter involved may conduct hearings
with respect to the report which the Commission is required to transmit
under section 6106(d) of this title, and with respect to the comments and
recommendations submitted by Federal departments and agencies under section
6106(e) of this title.
(B) The forty-five day period specified in subparagraph (A)(ii) shall
include only days during which both Houses of the Congress are in session.
(3) Not later than ninety days after the Secretary publishes proposed
regulations under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall publish in the Federal
Register final general regulations to carry out the provisions of section
6106(e) of this title, after taking into consideration any comments received
by the Secretary with respect to the regulations proposed under paragraph
(4) Not later than ninety days after the Secretary publishes final general
regulations under paragraph (a)(3), the head of each federal department
or agency which extends Federal financial assistance to any program or
activity by way of grant, entitlement, loan, or contract other than a contract
of insurance or guaranty, shall transmit to the Secretary and publish in
the Federal Register proposed regulations to carry out the provisions of
section 6102 of this title and to provide appropriate investigative, conciliation,
and enforcement procedures. Such regulations shall be consistent with the
final general regulations issued by the Secretary, and shall not become
effective until approved by the Secretary.
(5) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no regulations
issued pursuant to this section shall be effective before July 1, 1979.
(b) Nonviolative actions; program or activity exemption.
(1) it shall not be a violation of any provision of this chapter, or
of any regulation issued under this chapter, for any person to take any
action otherwise prohibited by the provisions of section 6102 of this title
if, in the program or activity involved--
(A) Such action reasonably takes into account age as a factor necessary
to the normal operation or the achievement of any statutory objective of
such program or activity; or
(B) the differentiation made by such action is based upon reasonable
factors other than age.
(2) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any program or
activity established under authority of any law which (A) provides any
benefits or assistance to persons based upon the age of such persons; or
(B) establishes criteria for participation in age-related terms or describes
intended beneficiaries or target groups in such terms.
(c) Employment practices and labor-management joint apprenticeship training
program exemptions; Age Discrimination in Employment Act unaffected.
(1) Except with respect to any program or activity receiving Federal
financial assistance for public service employment under the Job Training
Partnership Act of 1982 (29 U.S.C. § 1501 et seq.), nothing in this chapter
shall be construed to authorize action under this chapter by any Federal
department or agency with respect to any employment practice of any employer,
employment agency, or labor organization, or with respect to any labor-management
joint apprenticeship training program.
(2) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to amend or modify the
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967(29 U.S.C. §§ 621-634) as amended,
or to affect the rights of responsibilities of any person or party pursuant
to such Act.
Section 6104. Enforcement
(a) Methods of achieving compliance with regulations.
The head of any Federal department or agency who prescribes regulations
under section 6103 of this title, may seek to achieve compliance with any
(1) by terminating, or refusing to grant or to continue, assistance
under the program or activity involved to any recipient with respect to
whom there has been an express finding on the record, after reasonable
notice and opportunity for hearing, of a failure to comply with any such
(2) by any other means authorized by law.
(b) Limitations on termination of, or on refusal to grant or to continue,
assistance; disbursement of withheld funds to achiever agencies.
Any termination of, or refusal to grant or to continue, assistance under
subsection (a)(1) of this section shall be limited to the particular political
entity or other recipient with respect to which a finding has been made
under subsection (a)(1) of this section. Any such termination or refusal
shall be limited to its effect to the particular program or activity, or
part of such program or activity, with respect to which such finding has
been made. No such termination or refusal shall be based in whole or in
part on any finding with respect to any program or activity which does
not receive Federal financial assistance. Whenever the head of any Federal
department or agency who prescribes regulations under section 6103 of this
title withholds funds pursuant to the subsection (a) of this section, he
may, in accordance with regulations he shall prescribe, disburse the funds
so withheld directly to any public or nonprofit private organization or
agency, or State or political subdivision thereof, which demonstrates the
ability to achieve the goals of the Federal statute authorizing the program
or activity while complying with regulations issued under section 6103
of this title.
(c) Advice as to failure to comply with regulation; determination that
compliance cannot be secured by voluntary means
No action may be taken under subsection (a) of this title until the
head of the Federal department or agency involved has advised the appropriate
person of the failure to comply with the regulation involved and has determined
that compliance cannot be secured by voluntary means.
(d) Report to congressional committees
In the case of any action taken under subsection (a) of this section,
the head of the Federal department or agency involved shall transmit a
written report of the circumstances and grounds of such action to the committees
of the House of Representative and the Senate having legislative jurisdiction
over the program or activity involved. No such action shall take effect
until thirty days after the transmission of any such report.
(e) Injunctions; notice of violations; costs; conditions of actions
(1) When any interested person brings an action in any United States
district court for the district in which the defendant is found or transacts
business to enjoin a violation of this Act by any program or activity receiving
Federal financial assistance, such interested person shall give notice
by registered mail not less than 30 days prior to the commencement of that
action to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Attorney General
of the United States, and the person against whom the action is directed.
Such interested person may elect, by a demand for such relief in his complaint,
to recover reasonable attorney's fees, in which case the court shall award
the costs of suit, including a reasonable attorney's fee, to the prevailing
(2) The notice referred to in paragraph (1) shall state the nature of
the alleged violation, the relief to be requested, the court in which the
action will be brought, and whether or not attorney's fees are being demanded
in the event the plaintiff prevails. No action described in paragraph (1)
shall be brought (A) if at the time the action is brought the same alleged
violation by the same defendant is the subject of a pending action in any
court of the United States; or (B) if administrative remedies have not
(f) Exhaustion of administrative remedies
With respect to actions brought for relief based on an alleged violation
of the provisions of this chapter, administrative remedies shall be deemed
exhausted upon the expiration of 180 days from the filing of an administrative
complaint during which time the Federal department or agency makes no finding
with regard to the complaint, or upon the day that the Federal department
or agency issues a finding in favor of the recipient of financial assistance,
whichever occurs first.
Section 6105. Judicial review
(a) Revisions of other laws
Any action by any Federal Department or agency under section 6104 of
this title shall be subject to such judicial review as any otherwise be
provided by law for similar action taken by any such department or agency
on other grounds.
(b) Provisions of Chapter 7 of Title 5; reviewable agency discretion
In the case of any action by any Federal department or agency under
section 6104 of this title which is not otherwise subject to judicial review,
any person aggrieved (including any State or political subdivision thereof
and any agency of either) may obtain judicial review of such action in
accordance with the provisions of chapter 7 of Title 5. For purposes of
this subsection, any such action shall not be purposes of this subsection,
any such action shall not be considered committed to unreviewable agency
discretion within the meaning of section 701(a)(2) of such title.
Section 6106. Study of discrimination based on age
(a) Study by Commission on Civil Rights
The Commission on Civil Rights shall (1) undertake a study of unreasonable
discrimination based on age in programs and activities receiving Federal
financial assistance; and (2) identify with particularity any such federally
assisted program or activity in which there is found evidence of persons
who are otherwise qualified being, on the basis of age, excluding from
particpation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination
under such program or activity.
(b) Public hearings
As part of the study required by this section, the Commission shall
conduct public hearings to elicity the views of interested parties, including
Federal departments and agencies, on issues relating to age discrimination
in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance, and
particularly with respect to the reasonableness of distinguishing, on the
basis of age, among potential participants in, or beneficiaries of, specific
federally assisted programs.
(c) Publication of results of analyses, research and studies by independent
experts; services of voluntary or uncompensated personnel
The Commission is authorized to obtain through grant or contract, analyses,
research and studies by independent experts of issues relating to age discrimination
and to publish the results thereof. For purposes of the study required
by this section, the Commission may accept and utilize the services of
voluntary or uncompensated personnel, without regard to the provisions
of section 1975d(b) of this title.
(d) Report to President and Congress; copies to affected Federal departments
and agencies; information and technical assistance
Not later than two years after November 28, 1975, the Commission shall
transmit a report of its findings and its recommendations for statutory
changes (if any) and administrative action, including suggested general
regulations, to the Congress and to the President and shall provide a copy
of its report to the head of each Federal department and agency with respect
to which the Commission makes findings or recommendations. The Commission
is authorized to provide, upon request, information and technical assistance
regarding its findings and recommendations to Congress, to the President,
and to the heads of Federal departments and agencies for a ninety-day period
following the transmittal of its report.
(e) Comments and recommenations of Federal departments and agencies;
submission to President and Congressional committees Not later than forty-five
working days after receiving a copy of the report required by subsection
(d) of this section, each Federal department or agency with respect to
which the Commission makes findings or recommendations shall submit its
comments and recommendations regarding such report to the President and
to the Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate and the Committee
on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives.
(f) Cooperation of Federal departments and agencies with
The head of each Federal department or agency shall cooperate in all
respects with the Commission with respect to the study required by subsection
(a) of this section, and shall provide to the Commission such data, reports,
and documents in connection with the subject matter of such study as the
Commission may request.
(g) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary
to carry out the provisions of this section.
§ 6106a. Reports to the Secretary and Congress
(a) Reports to Secretary
Not later than December 31 of each year (beginning in 1979), the head
of each Federal department or agency shall submit to the Secretary of Health
and Human Services a report (1) describing in detail the steps taken during
the preceding fiscal year by such department or agency to carry out the
provisions of section 6102 of this title; and (2) containing specific data
about program participants or beneficiaries, by age, sufficient to permit
analysis of how well the department or agency is carrying out the provisions
of section 6102 of this title.
(b) Reports to Congress
Not later than March 31 of each year (beginning in 1980), the Secretary
of Health and Human Services shall compile the reports made pursuant to
subsection (a) of this section and shall submit them to the Congress, together
with an evaluation of the performance of each department or agency with
respect to carrying out the provisions of section 6102 of this title.
§ 6107. Definitions
For the purposes of this chapter--
(1) the term "Commission" means the Commission on Civil Rights;
(2) the term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Health and
(3) the term "Federal department or agency" means any agency
as defined in section 551 of Title 5 and includes the United States Postal
Service and the Postal Rate Commission; and
(4)the term "program or activity" means all of the operations
(A)(i) a department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality
of a State or of a local government; or
(ii) the entity of such State or local government that distributes such
assistance and each such department or agency (and each other State or
local government entity) to which the assistance is extended, in the case
of assistance to a State or local government;
(B)(i) a college, university, or other postsecondary institution, or
a public system of higher education; or
(ii) a local educational agency (as defined in section 8801 of Title
20), system of vocational education, or other school system;
"(C)(i) an entire corporation, partnership, or other private organization,
or an entire sole proprietorship --
"(I) if assistance is extended to such corporation, partnership,
private organization, or sole proprietorship as a whole; or
"(II) which is principally engaged in the business of providing
education, health care, housing, social services, or parks and recreation;
"(ii) the entire plant or other comparable, geographically separate
facility to which Federal financial assistance is extended, in the case
of any other corporation, partnership, private organization, or sole proprietorship;
"(D) any other entity which is established by two or more of the
entities described in paragraph (A), (B) or (C); any part of which is extended
Federal financial assistance.