Essay about Age Discrimination in the Workplace

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Age Discrimination in the Workplace Harold had been with the company going on forty-five years. There was no doubt that his contributions over the past few decades helped the once intimate business flourish into an international corporation. As his sixty-fifth birthday rolled around, Harold was greeted with a staff party and a mandatory retirement notice that was effective two weeks from that date. Harold was stunned, inasmuch as he had no intentions whatsoever to leave his position with the company; indeed, he was still fully able to complete his duties better than any new hire ever could, not to mention the fact that his attendance record was spotless. Needless to say, Harold was completely taken aback with the discovery that his…show more content…
Once under the auspices of the 1964 Civil Rights Act but soon realizing an individuality of its own, the scope of the ADEA's protection is quite far-reaching in that not only does it broadly guard against age discrimination, but it also helps to protect favoritism between and among those in similar age groups. However, of all the issues surrounding age discrimination that the 1967 law addresses, none is more heated than that of mandatory retirement. When gathering the effects of the ADEA's shield, it is important for the student to consider the act that a small population is exempt from this protection are those who are "bona fide executives or in high policymaking positions and are at least 65 years of age, have held their position for two years immediately preceding retirement, and are entitled to retirement income of at least $44,000 exclusive of social security" (Nobile, 1996, p. 38). The ADEA has recognized the fact that there cannot be a blanket resolution throughout the entire workforce without some industries taking unnecessary risks due to older employees. The airline industry is just one area where age plays a critical role in the safety of passengers; as such, pilots are still required to retire at age sixty. However, this exemption applies to only a very small portion of the overall workforce, particularly when there is no
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