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Debate Score:17
Arguments:13
Total Votes:17
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Should age discrimination be made illegal in the workplace?

yes

Side Score: 11
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no

Side Score: 6
2 points

I think that it should without a doubt. If I can do better at a job than somebody else I think that I should be the person for that job. Now of course if that 60 somethin' year old man can do a job better than me I would expect that man to get the job. I think that it should be for whoever can do the job the best. Age shouldn't matter 1 bit.

Side: yes
1 point

If it's something that's harder for old people to do, sure. But it should be on an individual basis. Like, an employer should be allowed to test someone as to whether they'd be able to complete the work, and if they can't, it's not discrimination, it's just that someone can't do the job.

Besides, I kind of have an arguement that it's not really "discrimination," because everyone gets old eventually. Either that or they die. I mean, it is a group of people, but it's not like black, or white, or women, or men, it's just people... after a long time.

Another thing I don't like are old cocktail waitresses, who the hell needs that? It's so disturbing, but some casinos can't get around it because they get sued, total bs. The new casinos are smart though, instead of a job interview, they call it an audition, and so there's something where they can't be sued for hiring a "younger actress" if that's what the role calls for, I totally agree with that. When I'm an old man, I'm not going to be walking around the beach with my shirt off, my days come and gone, these old ladies with their high heals, and short skirts, and layers of broken blood vessels and cottage cheese need to just let it go and get a job wearing pants somewhere.

Side: yes
1 point

exactly, employers have the right to determine whether someone is qualified for the job or not.

people shouldn't be discriminated based ONLY on their age, but, many assholes will try to claim that someone was fired because they're old, and they often win their cases.

and like you said about cocktail waitresses. technically, it's very hard to fire someone who's old in certain areas because they will get their asses sued. what we need is employer rights, as well as employee rights.

Side: yes

It was made illegal in the workplace years ago. The problem is that all HR Departments are pretty savvy about getting around that and other discriminatory behaviors.

Side: It has been
1 point

Yes everyone should have an equal chance without people asking you how old you are. Of course not counting jobs where you have to be a certain age to perform IE bartender.

Side: yes
1 point

This is just as wrong as sexism and racism in the workplace (affermative action). A company can suggest a person retire, but they cannot fire the employee simply because of his age. They just have to wait for the employee to do a bad job or mess up severely to fire him.

Side: yes

There should not be any age discrimination in the work place. A person's age is not grounds to discriminate.

Side: yes
2 points

Of course not, as an employer we should be able to reserve the right to not want to hire a kid to do something just because he/she is a kid. Sometimes kids are not very inept at doing certain things.

Side: No
2 points

An employer does not have the right to give a job to someone because they are younger or older. What on earth was that last sentence about?

Side: It has been
9415040449(50) Disputed
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oops I did not finish I apologize. Some kids are not very inept at doing certain jobs, jobs that require lots of experience and so on and so forth. An employer has the right and the employer can just wiggle him/herself around that by saying that someone else was more qualified. Is it correct? No. Does it happen? Yes.

Side: No
MKIced(2483) Disputed
1 point

Age has nothing to do with that. The employer should look at experience and aptitude.

Side: yes
1 point

Age Discrimination should not be made legal in the workplace. When you hire someone you hire them with the inclination that they are well qualified for the job that you are hiring them to do. So if their is age discrimination their is no reason to hire them.

Side: No
1 point

I wish that it were legal, it was hard finding a job when I was legally able. 16 years old, no one wants to give a job to a 16 year old and I think that it's hurting us as a society. Listen to your parents, they all had jobs, maybe even careers by the time they were 16, or they were school bound. I didn't have a job until I was 17, and it was delivering pizza. I couldn't afford to move out for a long while, and to be honest I'm barely making enough now to pay bills PERIOD. No saving, no investing. Shit, my father at my age had me to deal with on top of work, bills, moving around, building his house, getting married for the second time... Now it seems like most people that I know my age are living either, the same way I am paycheck to paycheck or their living with other people or their parents.

At the same time though, I see the value of a good work ethic, and most people these days, even my age (and even older!) don't have good work ethics because they don't have experience. They don't seem to know why everything is so damned important. I wouldn't hire someone who is 16 over a 21 year old. If law forced me to, we'd probably lose a lot of money doing something like that, but in the end it would be good for the person we hire. Business vs. the individual... There's a right time and place for everything, nowadays the time for hiring a younger person doesn't come around very often :^/

So, I do believe that it would be good to hire younger people, or older, but it shouldn't be forced. There are too many things to take into consideration to have a law force it.

Side: should be practiced but not forced