EEOC Publishes New ADEA Regulations for the “Reasonable Factors Other Than Age” Defense

The Equal Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) today published its final regulations and commentary concerning the “reasonable factors other than age” provision of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq. (“ADEA”), as that provision pertains to claims of disparate impact. A disparate impact claim is one that alleges that the implementation by an employer of a policy or practice, although non-discriminatory on its face, has had an adverse impact on a category of employees protected by the laws against discrimination in employment.