Unfortunately ageism is still prevalent in society today. Ageism is the discrimination of a person due to age based assumptions usually founded on widely held beliefs about certain age ranges. A short video on the effects of ageism can be found here:
The video highlights some of the issues many older people are facing today within the labour market, either trying to remain or become employed. The employee talks about the recruitment process within the company he works for and gives an insight into his and the company’s attitudes towards older workers. The employee immediately makes clear that he perceives that there is a “required” or “suitable” age, between 25-35 years, for his job and jobs like it, implying that those outside of this age range are deemed ‘unsuitable’. Making assumptions about a persons’ ability to do a job based on their age or the age group they belong to can lead to age discrimination. Age discrimination is any prejudicial treatment or denial of rights based on age. The employee even acknowledges that these practices are wide-spread, stating that people generally “are just discriminating” when it comes to employment. Throughout the interview, this perception that ‘everyone’s doing it’ is used to justify his age-based assumptions and ageist practices.
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Why is Ageism Still Accepted in Society? watch
- Thread Starter
- 19-04-2013 17:52