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History is not on the side of ageist companies

Posted by Bill Baker on Sunday, 07 April 2013 in 2013

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There is a disease infecting American business organizations that is isolating, impoverishing and, in some cases, killing off a segment of the American population. This disease is age discrimination.

As I see it, today's arrogant business organization / corporate practitioners of age discrimination and the cast of characters who earn their living helping them defend, promote and engage in the morally reprehensible practice of age discrimination violate both the spirit and intent of The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as enunciated in 29 USC § 621 - Congressional statement of findings and purpose:

(a) The Congress hereby finds and declares that—

(1) in the face of rising productivity and affluence, older workers find themselves disadvantaged in their efforts to retain employment, and especially to regain employment when displaced from jobs;

(2) the setting of arbitrary age limits regardless of potential for job performance has become a common practice, and certain otherwise desirable practices may work to the disadvantage of older persons;

(3) the incidence of unemployment, especially long-term unemployment with resultant deterioration of skill, morale, and employer acceptability is, relative to the younger ages, high among older workers; their numbers are great and growing; and their employment problems grave;

(4) the existence in industries affecting commerce, of arbitrary discrimination in employment because of age, burdens commerce and the free flow of goods in commerce.

(b) It is therefore the purpose of this chapter to promote employment of older persons based on their ability rather than age; to prohibit arbitrary age discrimination in employment; to help employers and workers find ways of meeting problems arising from the impact of age on employment.

Perhaps these corporate / business organization ageists have so little regard for the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 because it's over 40 years old.

History is not on the side of ageist companies and their agents because they walk in the footsteps of the vile segregationists who denied equal rights to African-Americans, the misanthropic promoters and supporters of the Nuremberg Laws and every other ignorant, hateful group of people that has conspired to deny equal rights to their fellow human beings based upon gender, race, national origin, disability, religion and/or sexual preference.

In many cases, ageist organizations and individuals control or have substantial influence over enormous amounts of financial resources. This mountain of wealth gives these companies instant access to a legion of pay to play professionals who will do their bidding for almost any purpose. With this power and access to talent without conscience they can bend weak laws to their will and use their wealth to justify, promote and engage in destructive, morally reprehensible behavior.

Companies that engage in age discrimination and the people who earn their living helping them practice and promote ageism do not deserve our respect, admiration or patronage. They do deserve to be legislated against, prosecuted, boycotted and marginalized until they decide to stop feeding their deeply rooted, sometimes hate based ignorance and prejudices at the expense of the people they discriminate against.

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