Age Discrimination in Employment Essays

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There has always been some “ism” that social movements have fought against throughout America’s history, and the issue of “ageism” was finally addressed in The Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Ageism can be defined as prejudiced beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors pertaining to older adults. To understand the ADEA fully, a brief history of age discrimination is useful to comprehend the Structural Level of this bill. Discrimination based on age was not a large issue until the beginning of the 20th century, mainly because it was a tacit form of discrimination. For the most part, people worked until they were at an age where they did not feel useful, and for the rest of their lives their families would take care of them. Industrialization …show more content…
The GDP was more than doubled between 1940 and 1960, and many brand new jobs were generated in both industrial type jobs and the growing service sector. Due to all the development and modernization, a much more efficient and educated workforce was required, which began to exclude less educated older workers from employment. After World War II, the workplace was changed forever because of the new technology which exterminated many jobs, and employees were expected to know more than ever and work very quickly. When the "baby boom" generation was in its youth, the workplace again was changed by the glut of young workers. Those who were old or even middle age started to meet more pressure to leave the workforce entirely, and retire. It was also common for the elderly to be forced out entirely. Older workers who were women or part of minority groups faced particularly daunting odds because they had not one barrier but two in the way of being employed. Technology again played a large role in keeping older workers out of the workplace because many of the younger workers had taken computer classes and had experience with it. All of these factors led to the reaction of the public and government, which took action to even the playing field for all Americans.
The types of discrimination that went on before the ADEA resulted in many law suits against corporations. Discrimination is judged by either direct or indirect Evidence under the law. However,
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