Age Discrimination in the Workplace Essay 2

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Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Age discrimination in employment is a complex issue which impacts many areas of Government policy and has many implications for individuals themselves. Age discrimination can occur across all spectrums of employment and can affect both young and old. Age discrimination can affect a person’s chances of getting a job, and potentially their chances of promotion or development within the workplace. Age can also be a factor when employers are deciding who should be selected during a workforce downsize or redundancy of work due to a mergers and acquisitions. Age seems to be more of a common issue in the workplace than racism or sexism. Approximately 20% of all complaints filed with the Federal
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Alternatively, the employer has to show that some older workers cannot do the job effectively but that it is not possible to know which specific workers cannot. Effectiveness is most often judged in terms of the safety of coworkers and customers (Player, 51).
Discrimination against Younger Persons Younger persons are stereotyped as irresponsible and inexperienced. Employers may feel they are not serious enough to take on such demanding positions. The younger the person is, the more immature he or she may be.
Younger persons are very often under paid, due to their age. The question of whether the payment of a lower wage to workers under 21 should be exempted by anti-discrimination legislation has opposing arguments; each with some merit. One view is concerned with the elimination of youth wages leading to an increase of youth unemployment and reducing the opportunities for young workers to gain experience. The opposing view is that the concept of lower rates for people under 21, based on the idea that people below this age would be supported by their parents, is outdated. Instead, workers should be paid according to merit and productivity and a training wage would be more appropriate option for an inexperienced worker.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Prohibition against age discrimination is found in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C.A. § 621 et seq. (ADEA). As the operative language of the ADEA was modeled after

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