𝗘𝘀𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰: 𝗜𝗻 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗶𝘀/𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗴𝗲. 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁?

Many countries have enacted anti-discrimination laws to prevent the rejection of a job applicant based on their age. However, I believe that unlike other forms of differential treatment, employers have a justifiable right to consider age as a factor in the hiring process.

To begin with, anti-discrimination laws enacted to prevent unjustifiable treatment of job applicants due to race, gender, and other similar factors are entirely justifiable. After all, it is also within the best interest of businesses to employ the best candidate for the job, rather than allowing racist, sexist, or other discriminatory sentiments to guide their employment process. It is often argued that much like race and gender, an employee’s performance is not linked to their age and thus is justifiable for age-based anti-discrimination laws to have been enacted.

However, there is another consideration that comes with the age of an applicant. Those who are at the younger end of the spectrum may yet to have a clear career goal established, and hence less likely to be committed to their first few workplaces. On the other end of the spectrum, older employees may only have very few years left before retirement, and thus would also not be able to commit. Every time one of these employees quit, all the training by the business would go to waste. This is especially impactful to new businesses, which need to commit to growth and are hard-pressed to afford to take such risks. Therefore, employers are justifiable to consider the age of prospective employees, to best ensure their finances and development are not significantly negatively affected.

In conclusion, the enactment of laws to prevent employers from rejecting job applicants based on their age severely breaches the right of businesses to consider the best employee for the role, and thus have been a negative development.

Could you decipher the question for us?

It means that some companies reject older employers.

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Hi there,

That essay does not address the question at all and would get a very low score, unfortunately. I say "unfortunately" because your English is not that bad. You just need to know how to structure your response and organize your ideas better.

Take another look at the question and decide upon a position (agree/disagree). After that, write down as many reasons as you can in support of (and against) your position. Note also that the question does not specifically talk about older people. It could be about employers rejecting younger applicants too.

I suggest you write down your ideas first (in point form) and post them below. Write two lists - for and against. Do not write paragraphs at this stage, and do not worry about the grammar for now either.