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Age Discrimination

An historic look at age discrimination
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Brandon Steiner

on 4 February 2011

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"Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese."
-unknown Ageism: Stereotyping or discrimination against anyone or group due to their age Baby Boom Era
1946-64 Approximately 78 million babies are born. This sets the stage for millions of potential, teenage workers throughout the 70s and 80s. Businesses change their attitude: Some welcome these new young workers with their new technology. The old are now too conservative Others see the young as a disadvantage and see their lack of maturity as a downfall. Age Discrimination in Employment Act
1967 Prohibits age from affecting:
hiring
wage
layoffs
promotions
Only prohibits discrimination to those 40 and older. Prevents older employees from being denied benefits. And it only applies to businesses with more than 20 employees. Newsboys Strike of 1899 Youth-led campaign to earn compensation
for selling newspapers. Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
1990
Employers must pay equal benefits to all employees, regardless of age Age Discrimination Roots
The Problem of Age Discrimination Today The Industrial Revolution of the 1800s
replaces agriculture. Children as young as six worked in factories. It was not uncommon for a child to be injured or even killed when working with heavy machinery. A British survey in 2006 asked over 4,000 young adults if they had ever felt discriminated against based on the following criteria. Age - 43% Sexual Orientation - 6% Race - 11% Gender - 27%
Americans for a Society Free from Age Restrictions
1997 Goal of advancing civil rights for young people. Opposes age limits on voting age, curfew laws, drinking laws, etc. Education
Changes Graded levels of education is introduced around 1848. This puts a spotlight on age discrimination between peer groups Today, age discrimination effects employment mostly. In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision received more than 17,000 complaints of age discrimination. "Ageism." Novelguide. N.p., 2011. Web. 2 Feb. 2011.
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It requires strong, hardworking factory workers and therefore favors the young. Things improved with the Factory Act of 1833. It limited hours to children of certain ages and even paid small wages. Age Discrimination Act of 1975 Prevents discrimination on receiving financial aid for public programs like school or college. And Stereotypes evolve from what we hear from the media; most notably in the greeting card industry. The Image of the Aged in the Media Improve tv Dramas, daytime shows, and commercials begin featuring middle-aged to older people as healthy and successful. Yet only 8 percent of commercials featured the elderly Young children working in a factory during the Industrial Revolution, which began in 1802 The strike lasted two
weeks, and the boys were successful in their efforts Children are the main distributers of newspaper in the United States of the late 19th century. They are low class and often homeless. 1990s A Vermont schoolhouse built in 1830
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