How to Stop Age Discrimination in the Medical Radiologic Technology program at Red Robber College- Winnipeg
People who never think of making racist or sexist comments at work don’t think twice about making fun of older adults. Yet, this ageism often leads to age discrimination, which is against the law. Age discrimination, treating someone less favorably because of his or her age, is on the rise. Since 2007, age discrimination complaints have risen 17%, yet experts believe this number is still too low. Many victims of age discrimination can’t prove it. A MRT student who says being older student in college, anxiety and depression made it difficult for her to concentrate has sued a college after failing a required course.She claims her college teacher didn’t do enough to help her pass a class on adult health patterns. She said the most of teacher gave her a distraction-free environment and extra time for her final exam when she took the class a second time but didn’t respond to her condition as promised, creating even more stress.She says the lack of help caused her to break down crying. She says the college gave another disabled student better accommodations and that her treatment violated a federal disability discrimination law.She entered the college program and struggled toward a study in MRT because of her conditions, the lawsuit says, and experienced great anxiety from social and academic challenges and family medical issues. After failing the one practice subject,she says the college forced her to stop the classes amd leave the college for ever. Many just don’t know how to spot age discrimination. Steps: 1 Know what laws state about discriminating against older adults. •The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 makes it illegal to discriminate according to age in activities and programs that receive federal financial assistance. For example, a housing program receiving federal funding can’t refuse someone who’s “too old.” •Age discrimination has been an ongoing problem in the workplace, even though the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discriminating against people 40 years of age and older in the workplace. Other countries may have similar acts. •In 1998, age discrimination became illegal in Title I program. 2 Have you ever seen a job announcement seeking a “recent college graduate?” With the majority of recent college graduates under 40, this example of age discrimination might really be saying “old people need not apply.” 3 Listen carefully to the language used by job recruiters. Recruiting new employees in a way that excludes others is ageism. 4 Recognize discrimination against older adults when employers refuse to give application to a people of “a certain age.” •Likewise, asking people to take a test that is not applicable to the job may be another way of discouraging older adults from applying for a job. 5 Ask for a job referral when you’re qualified. An employer or employment agency that refuses to refer older adults is breaking the law. •Another example of age discrimination is an employer that refuses to give a job reference or makes comments like “he’s a good worker for his age.” 6 Refuse to be the first one laid off because you’re close to retirement. Employers cannot uniformly select the oldest workers to fire. 7 Expect the same pay and benefits as other employees who perform a similar job. •The only time an employer can reduce the benefits of an older worker is if it’s benefits are the same cost as for a younger worker. 8 Enter training and apprenticeship programs that are the same as offered to people of all ages. 9 Document all types of age-related harassment. Adult diapers left on an employee’s desk isn’t a job, it’s ageist harassment. •Harassment can be anything offensive, including derogatory comments. 10 Determine appropriateness for job qualifications and inquiries without reference to age. •A photograph should only be requested for identification purposes after the acceptance of a job offer.