“Does Age Really Matter”?
Are you an employer who's had not so good experiences with young or older employees? Are you an employee who believes you've been turned down from a work position because of your age?
By the time you finish reading this page you'll have access to information dealing with such issues as:
* Age in the workplace, equal opportunity, age discrimination in the workplace, employment age discrimination, workplace rights, worker rights, early retirement, employment law, firing older workers, retirement age, what is age discrimination and MORE!
* Understanding what is really going on with age in the workplace
Learn what successful people know about the issues of age in the workplace!
Everyone has read or heard about how even in this great country of the United States, there was a time when young children were made to work every day of the week for 12 to 14 hours. Fortunately, and rightly so, this practice has been against the law for decades.
Unfortunately, there are reports that this is still happening in "third world" countries. Hopefully the laws here and throughout the other developed countries to protect young children from such hardship will be adopted in these countries as well. Soon.
The laws in this country state that a person under the age of 16 can't enter the work world unless they have a "Work Permit". This is a legal written permission form signed by at least one, if not both, parents or legal guardian(s) and their school Guidance Counselor.
People this young can't work a full time position. Only a part time position. And they won't be expected or allowed to perform any duties that could cause them bodily harm.
These are, (some of), the laws. Now - let's look at the realities ...
The laws are very clear about not discriminating against a person because of their age. Reality is that there are, still, employers who aren't willing to hire people this young.
There are many reasons why an employer prefers not to hire a person this young.
Inexperience in the world at large. Responsibility issues. And governmental regulations. Just to name a few.
Now - Let's look at the flip side of the age issue - hiring older people.
When you're young at heart
One law regarding older people is the age of mandatory retirement.
This is generally accepted as 65 and stated as such in a company's employment contract.
But this policy seems to be changing. There are several well-established groups working to do away with mandatory retirement all together.
In the meanwhile, there are many individuals who aren't even close to the retirement age but who face a level of discrimination in the work world every day.
Whether they're applying for a position or trying to hold on to the one they have. There are employers who are unwilling to hire people over a certain age. Or employers who are doing all they can to "encourage" older employees to leave their positions.
There are many reasons for this behavior of discriminating by employers. Too numerous and involved for Workplace Moxie to go into in the space of this page for now.
But - we do want to say this much:
Some employers have been able to get around charges of age discrimination.
By claiming the position has already been filled. Or by putting people off. By delaying any interviews. Until the position has been filled by someone else, (for real). Or by blocking promotions.
This "way of doing business" doesn't happen as much as it used to in the past. But - There are still many reports of age discrimination in the workplace, on an ongoing basis.
In the future we will discuss reasons why some employers do discriminate against people of "age". And what you can do to protect and defend yourself if you believe you're being discriminated against.
Be aware that there are still some employers who don't hire people because of age.
Find out what the laws are. Find out your rights.
Protect them! They are there to protect you.
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