Age Discrimination Essay 9

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Stereotypes about older people are a bound in our culture, but employers are not allowed to indulge in them when making workplace decisions. Manifestations of age discrimination can be subtle or blatant. Typical actions might include refusing to hire or promote older workers, curtailing their employee benefits, limiting their training opportunities or limiting their job responsibilities and duties. Older workers may be targeted in reductions of the work force; they may be encouraged to retire. Exit incentive programs may deny valuable additional benefits to an older worker and early retirement incentives may pressure older workers to retire prematurely. Incentive benefits may be reduced for people who continue working beyond “normal”…show more content…
The elimination of mandatory retirement is one of AARP’s legislative priorities. Another priority for them is to make sure that workers do not have to waive their rights to sue in exchange for an offer of early retirement benefits. They want to make sure that older workers' pension benefits are treated the same as others.
As employers and as workers, it is important for all of us to be aware of the subtle way in which age biased prejudices can influence our thinking. These stereotypical thoughts and actions reduce both the incomes and the self-confidence of millions of workers. An individual’s ability, not their age, should determine their qualifications for getting and keeping a job.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a US federal agency empowered by Congress, particularly since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, to help enforce laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. The Commission was first established in the early 1960s, but it was not until 1964 that the EEOC was given the congressional power it needed to pursue those companies with discriminatory practices, through lawsuits. The Civil Rights Act, in Title VII of its law specifically gives the Commission the rights to oversee the employment practices of both private and government employers, and to enforce the administration of laws set
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