One arena where age discrimination may occur is in the work force. Due to this occurring the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was placed into effect, as well as the Workforce Investment Act.
"The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, or terms, conditions or privileges of employment. The ADEA is enforced by the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)."
"Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) prohibits discrimination against applicants, employees and participants in WIA Title I-financially assisted programs and activities, and programs that are part of the One-Stop system, on the ground of age. In addition, WIA prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in a WIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity."
One way to prevent this from occuring is not stating your age. It sounds common sense enough but it may help in preventing age discrimination. Another way is to apply to employers who recieve financial assistance from the government. These employers are required to follow equal oppurtunity laws.