Age Discrimination

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Age Discrimination

The practice in which a company or other organization fires, refuses to hire, limits the benefits of or otherwise maltreats a worker of a certain age. For example, an employer may refuse to hire an otherwise qualified applicant for a position because he/she regards the applicant as too old to learn new skills. Likewise, the employer may refuse to hire a younger worker without regard for the worker's qualifications, because he/she believes young people cannot take directions. While legislation in the United States and elsewhere protects older workers from age discrimination, these laws do not necessarily protect younger employees. See also: Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
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When we leave for work each morning we take our prejudices with us and this widespread acceptance of ageism as `just the way things are' means employers need to be proactive in educating employees about diversity.
The start of yesterday's tribunal represents the latest in a string of ageism and sexism accusations to be faced by the BBC.
But ageism can strike at any time, and without the protection of employment laws, Abrams has the following advice on combating ageism.
Yet despite being fitter and healthier than ever, many older people say they are prevented from living full and active lives because of ageism.
During her time at the BBC, the 59-year-old was one of the star names, but her career ended in 2008 when she sued Channel Five for ageism.
Social psychology professor Dominic Abrams says: "Ageism is the form of prejudice experienced most commonly by people in the UK and that seems to be true pretty much across gender, ethnicity, religion, disability - people of all types experience ageism and people of all ages experience ageism.
He added: 'Despite the great strides being made, ageism still exists at work, even though the experience and many other qualities of the over-50s often makes them better employees.
He took his case to the appeal court claiming discrimination on grounds of ageism, but judges decided the Department of Education policy of refusing student loans to those over 55 is justified.
A third of bosses said they had a policy in place to deal with ageism, and a further 38 per cent plan to introduce one in the future, according to a survey carried out by the Cranfield School of Management.
A third of bosses said they had a policy in place to deal with ageism, and a further 38pc plan to introduce one in the future, according to a survey carried out by the Cranfield School of Management for the Government.
Calling for a "visible improvement" in the care of the elderly, Deputy Health Minister Hugh Henry said: "I share the view that concerns about ageism must be addressed.
The study also revealed many felt they were victims of ageism.