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FROM THE DESK OF
Gregory Kunkel, Esq.
AGE DISCRIMINATION – THE ACCEPTED BIAS
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was enacted by Congress in 1967 to protect older workers, age 40 and older, from discrimination in the workplace. Fifty years after passage of the ADEA, however, discrimination against older workers is one the most prevalent forms of discrimination in the workplace. A recent cover story in the AARP Bulletin reports that age discrimination is so prevalent in our society that many people don’t even recognize that it’s illegal. In the workplace, it can take on many forms, including age-related comments and jokes, lack of training opportunities for older workers, employer favoritism toward younger workers, and targeting of older workers for termination or early retirement when the company wants to “freshen” its workforce. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for example, famously declared in 2007 that “young people are just smarter.” Discrimination based on unfounded stereotypes of older workers is likely to persist as the baby- boom generation continues to age. As always, we are here to help answer your questions if you believe that you have been discriminated against at work.
THANKYOU, JAMESMADISON Celebrating a Life of Service
As a full-grown man, James Madison stood just 5 feet, 4 inches tall. He had a health condition that, while never diagnosed, bore a resemblance to epilepsy, and he weighed only 100 pounds. He was so soft-spoken that his speeches were often difficult to hear, and he was frequently described as shy and quiet. Despite those qualities, Madison, whose birthday we celebrate on March 16, went on to become the fourth president of the United States. He held office for two terms, and, during that time, he helped establish America as a force to be reckoned with. For example, he led us through the War of 1812, which was our first war as an independent nation. Today, Madison is most well-known for co-writing the U.S. Constitution. In fact, so many of Madison’s ideas made it into the document that he is widely credited with being the father of the Constitution. If it were not for Madison, the Constitution might have never been ratified.
To garner widespread support for the Constitution, Madison co-wrote 85 letters to the public with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay that explained the political philosophy
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