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Workplace Discrimination

Updated on October 3, 2015

Workplace Discrimination

Everyone agrees that workplace discrimination has no place in the modern business world. But not everyone understands the laws that protect employees against discrimination. In this case, what you don't know can hurt you especially if an aggrieved employee files a discrimination claim against your company. When employers violate workplace discrimination laws whether deliberately or by accident they face stiff legal and financial penalties, along with bad publicity, low employee morale and other consequences.

The elderly people have also been deprived of their civil rights, especially in employment and to some degree in housing. Federal and state laws have been only partially successful in solving this problem. Former prisoners and mental patients have suffered legal disabilities after their confinement ended, and resident aliens are sometimes denied equal employment opportunities. (Barbara Kate Repa 89)

Traditional social work services for elderly people place an emphasis on enabling them to adapt to changes arising from old age. The levels of social work intervention are limited to individuals and families. The crucial problems of a sense of powerlessness, helplessness, low self-esteem and low self-efficacy possessed by elderly people are inadequately addressed by existing elderly services and intervention approaches. In response to the social and political changes in contemporary society, a community work approach can be a useful method to change old people from passive clients into active and empowered individuals with a positive self-image. It is effective in strengthening elderly people's contact with the community, eliminating elderly people's negative self-image, protecting elderly rights, and increasing their capacity to influence policy making.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the discrimination with elderly people at workplace that how the age difference are dealt in the business and opportunities.

What Is Workplace Discrimination?

Discrimination occurs when an employee suffers unfavorable or unfair treatment due to their race, religion, national origin, disabled or veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. This group could also include employees who suffer reprisals for opposing workplace discrimination or for reporting violations to the authorities. Federal law prohibits discrimination in a number of work-related areas, including recruiting, hiring, job evaluations, promotion policies, training, compensation and disciplinary action. (David A. Robinson 21)

This definition raises an important point: Unfair treatment does not necessarily equal unlawful discrimination. Treating a person differently from others violates Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws only when the treatment is based on the presence of a protected characteristic, rather than on job performance or even on something as arbitrary as an employee's personality. Keep in mind, however, that discrimination claims can be highly subjective.


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      7 years ago

      I have been dealing with work place discrimination for 16yrs now. I overheard conversations at 3 different engineering companies I worked for that made discriminating comments. Now I am at my 4th engineering company & it is the same, all from my superiors. I am the only ethnic minority here, I have more experience, work 3 times as hard & still treated unfairly compared to other employees at my position. What do u do? If I say something, it could be turned around, making it seem like I'm complaining. It's a catch 22 situation for me. It took 16yrs to get where I'm at & only 6 for caucasions who are doing the same job.

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      9 years ago

      Workplace Discrimination

      Very creative

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      10 years ago from Northern California

      You should watch the movie "9 to 5"! It's a great example of workplace discrimination against women, with every stereotype of women in organizations included


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