GW under federal investigation for alleged age discrimination

The Department of Education is investigating the University for possible age discrimination.

The inquiry was launched on Jan. 17 but made public for the first time on the department’s website Friday. The complaint alleges that officials retaliated against an individual for filing a complaint about or otherwise protesting age discrimination.

A University spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination based on age in programs that receive federal financial assistance. The act does not cover employment discrimination, which falls under the purview of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The act forbids retaliation for filing a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights or for supporting rights protected by the law.

GW is one of 107 institutions currently under investigation for possible age discrimination.

The Department of Education has investigated GW twice over the past two years for alleged discrimination. The department opened an investigation into the University in April 2017 for allegedly discriminating against people with disabilities and laterĀ launched a probe that August for possible Title IX violations. Those investigations ended last March and July, respectively.

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