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HR Federal Legislation Acts

You are the Human Resources Specialist of a start-up training & development organization (Human Relations Training, Inc.) which will be providing Human Resources training. You will be working with the president and operating manager of the company with regard to the recruitment and selection of new personnel, as well as their job performance evaluations after they are hired. As the HR Specialist, it is your job to ensure that you hire the best candidates while also protecting the organization from any legal challenges to your HR practices. The positions you will be filling are five training & development specialists; one secretary/receptionist; and one information technology specialist.

Research one of the three pieces of federal legislation listed below:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Who is protected by the law and what aspects of the law an organization would need to be aware of when selecting individuals to fill positions.

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Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 prohibits the discrimination against individuals based on their age. The ADEA protects any individual being discriminated against because of their age; however, the majority of the Act focuses on the elderly or persons over the age of 40. The Act was in response to the rising of older workers and organizations setting arbitrary age limits regardless of the individual's abilities. According to the Act (2008), it is unlawful to limit, segregate or classify employees in any what which would deny employment. The organization should be aware Section 623, paragraph A, subsection 1, in which it states that an employer may not discriminate against any applicants for employment based on age. This section specifically states it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual in regards to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment simply because of an individual's age. In laymen's terms, an employer may ...

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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 prohibits the discrimination against individuals based on their age. The ADEA protects any individual being discriminated against because of their age; however, the majority of the Act focuses on the elderly or persons over the age of 40. The Act was in response to the rising of older workers and organizations setting arbitrary age limits regardless of the individual's abilities. According to the Act (2008), it is unlawful to limit, segregate or classify employees in any what which would deny employment. The organization should be aware Section 623, paragraph A, subsection 1, in which it states that an employer may not discriminate against any applicants for employment based on age. This section specifically states it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual in regards to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment simply because of an individual's age. In laymen's terms, an employer may not refuse to hire an individual because of their age.

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