Age Discrimination Shannon Lamont

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This article discusses the need for Human Resource Management to take action in the increasing issue of age discrimination within the workplace. The number of elderly people trying to get a job is rapidly increasing. Now a days workers rarely stick with a single employer throughout their entire working career, they often change what they do. Many elderly people are bored after they retire so they wish to go back to work. For these reasons many people are working well into their 60's and 70's. This has lead to age discrimination within the workplace. Elderly people often have their jobs taken away from them and are forced to retire before they are ready to and they are less likely to be hired due to their age.

Some would say that elderly should retire because they lose the ability to work as well as someone who is younger but that is actually not the case. This article talks about a study done that proves there are very small differences between younger and older workers and when there is a difference it often favours the elderly. Most people would not try to get a job if they knew they could not complete the job properly due to their limited abilities. People should not be told that they cannot do something just because we think they should not be able to do it. If they have the ability to do the job well it should not matter how old they are.

References

Age discrimination. Retrieved April 11, 2017, from http://agediscriminationfacts.weebly.com/

Age Discrimination. [Text]. Retrieved April 11, 2017, from https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/age-discrimination

Fisher, G. G., Truxillo, D. M., Finkelstein, L. M., & Wallace, L. E. (2017). Age discrimination: Potential for adverse impact and differential prediction related to age. Human Resource Management Review, 27(2), 316–327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2016.06.001

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