Employment Of A Vital Labor And Employment Law

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A vital labor and employment law is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, also known as the ADEA. The law was enacted in 1967 and later amended. On the Unites States EEOC website, they write, “ADEA protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age.” (The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2008) The law is meant to safeguard workers from being discriminated against due to their age. The law is especially important now with workers staying on the job longer and retirees returning to the workforce after retirement. The EEOC states, “The law applies to employers with 20 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.” (The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2008) Age discrimination can come in many forms in the business world. First, employment advertisements brings the attention of work seeking people. An employer can use certain words in their employment advertisements that can keep older workers from applying to the job, as an example: young, recent college graduate, youthful, and etc. An employer using these words can open them to discrimination lawsuits. Similarly, in an article from the Seattle Times which list five of the biggest legal missteps Human Resources can make, they write, “The hiring process: Mistakes in this area often start right at the beginning, with discriminatory
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