Mandatory Retirement Age Should Not Be Enacted Essay

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“The older you get, the better you get. Unless you are a banana,” said beloved 92 year old entertainer, Betty White. Too many people in the world believe that after a certain age persons become disposable. As a matter of fact, many people have been discussing whether or not a mandatory retirement age should be set. However desirable this may seem it is important to remember that each job requires different skill sets, therefore making it unreasonable to have a standard age of retirement. A mandatory retirement age should not be enacted because it is not only a violation of the anti-discrimination acts, and will cause more economic pressure on citizens, but there are no proven medical benefits.
To enumerate, according to the United States Department of Labor, “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, or ethnic origin; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against employees 40 years and older,” (Houseman, 1999).If the United States government and citizens made a law prohibiting any kinds of discriminatory acts against age, then why would the government force these same people out of their job due to their age? These laws were put in place to protect the elderly within the work force, with good cause. The older men and women in today’s society have valuable work experience, which they can pass down to the younger generations. It is equally important to realize that not…

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