Essay about Age Discrimination Within The Workplace

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Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Is it ever appropriate to discriminate based on age?
According to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967(ADEA), it is prohibited to discriminate based on age, which the law protects such behavior for employees who are 40 years of age or older. However, there are forms of legitimate age discrimination that falls under the bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). For example, if the job description required that a ten-year-old male needed to play a specific role as an older person would not qualify for that role. This would allow the employer to discriminate against the older actors legally, due to the specifications for the role. In my opinion, the reason is valid due to the role for a young actor was written by the author to tell and project a certain story of a young person and to reach that particular audience. Another example, if a bus driver has reached retirement age and there are mandatory requirements in the job description to retire. This would be valid, legitimate reason that falls under (BFOQ), which is legal for age limit. In my opinion, if the contract and the policies when hired stated that the job has an age limitation to retire and you agreed and accepted the position. Therefore, once you reached that age than there should not be any disagreement of retiring from that position. (EEOC.ORG)
In contrast, it would not be acceptable for an employer to assign a younger person to your position, because of your age…

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