Age Discrimination in the Work Place
The law is specific with regards to Age Discrimination, but it can be hard to define. If ignored it can lead to intimidating work environment, moral problems, and advancement opportunities that
For the beginning in avoiding age discrimination is understanding exactly what it is, and identifying the problem. One effective proposal is appraisal of the organizations culture, and make up, preventive training at all levels, and a strong committeemen for a work environment for all ages.
In today’s work force there has been an increase in Age Discrimination as early as the thirties. By the time someone reaches their forties, in some fields they are considered finished.
In many cases considering to be old is only part of the factor. Experienced older candidates are considered to expensive for the position, then a younger person who would get less money, and benefits.
There are over 16 million workers over age fifty five seeking employment. Which includes long years of experience, and education. Workers should get, or keep their jobs based on abilities, and not age.
Effective, and specific training at all levels, explaining the policies, with in depth instructions, on detailing with age discrimination. Training should go beyond just information to actual changes in behavior. Peer reinforcement will help, alo0ng with encouraging employees when the see harassment, or discrimination themselves.
There are a number of ways to set examples, and encourage an older work force. Remember the candidate that is old enough to retire in a few years, may end up with you a lot longer.
Encouraging a mentor program between older, and experienced works, with the younger staff members. This imparts knowledge accumulated over a number of years, to be past down to the younger employees, with less experience, and less knowledge.
Keep pin mind the skills, education, and potential. Overlooked the age issues.
Allow older and younger employees to be paired on projects. Each then will learn from the other.
Develop a plan or structure for all employment interviews, regardless of age, and stick to it.
Remove the date of birth from application forms, concentrate only on skill levels, education, and abilities.
Employees and applicants can go to court. They can file with the Employment Opportunity Commission (EOC), who will review the charges before proceeding to court. Few actually proceed to court, either being settled before, or determined to be unfounded.
But even if the EOC determines it does not meet their criteria, the applicant or employee still can file in court, where they tend a better chance or winning.
Age Discrimination is illegal, and even if the EOC finds in favor of the employer, there can be the embarrassment of public ridicule, in a court battle. Many lawyers seek coverage by news media of any type of age discrimination case. This in turn sets up the corporation to loose in the long run, and the could be extravagant.
The safest, and best direction to follow is not to subject employees, and applicants to age discrimination.
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