I agree with the fact that there is a complete lack of respect for the elderly in today’s societies. However, the issue of lawsuits is complicated because most of old people suffer in silence and they may not have evidence to indicate that their rights have been abused. The aged people have always played an important role in society of advising the young people, but this role has been thrown into the dustbin in the 21st century. This is because many people think they are a burden to them. Ageism has thus completely destructed the role that the old people played in society in the past. I agree with the fact that old people who have been discriminated against in their jobs should seek legal redress; however it is critical that they have enough evidence to support their cases (Leon-Guerrero, 2011).
I agree with the fact that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 did a lot to assist the old people reduce workplace discrimination. However, the situation has continued unabated. To reduce discrimination on the basis of age in workplaces, all workers should be educated on their rights. However, filing a lawsuit if discriminated against is tricky. This is so because their layoff is usually preceded with harassment, where they are ordered to take over many responsibilities. Their refusal is translated as gross misconduct, and they are dismissed without their pension. Consequently, their dismissal is justified and legitimized making it difficult for them to argue their case in the courts. I, therefore, agree with the fact that when employers are hiring workers they should look for talent and not age differences in order to solve this issue (Leon-Guerrero, 2011).
Leon-Guerrero, A. (2011). Social Problems: Community, Policy, Social Action. Los Angeles, Sage, 3rd edition.
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