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Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Employers sometimes attempt to replace older workers with younger workers on the claim that the younger workers are allegedly more productive. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects employees 40 years of age and older from age discrimination. Some states have state laws that protect younger workers, too.

1. What do you think of the ADEA?
2. What do you believe is the appropriate age for age discrmination protection to begin (if at all)? Please explain your reasoning.

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1. I think the ADA is effective because it serves the purpose that it was designed to serve - it protects workers. When workers do become older, many companies find ways to force them out because older workers are typically the workers that are paid the highest amounts. Many companies were finding ways to replace older workers with younger workers that were just hired in as a way to lower their salary expenses. Because of unethical practices like this, the ADEA came into being and is an effective remedy for such issues. Many companies also have to assume that ...

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Employers sometimes attempt to replace older workers with younger workers on the claim that the younger workers are allegedly more productive. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects employees 40 years of age and older from age discrimination. Some states have state laws that protect younger workers, too.

1. What do you think of the ADEA?
2. What do you believe is the appropriate age for age discrmination protection to begin (if at all)? Please explain your reasoning.

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