The purpose of this site is to bring attention to the last remaining kind of discrimination—age discrimination. Over the last 50 years there has been a lot of Federal and State action to wipe out racial discrimination. More recently, there has been a lot of attention on sex discrimination. However, there has been very little attention to age discrimination.
This is the case even though the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was enacted in 1967. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 called dramatic attention to the need to stamp out racial discrimination. The problem of sexual discrimination has taken a lot longer. The horrible sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein has highlighted this problem like nothing else could have done. It has created attention to this problem like nothing ever did before. It has created the #MeToo movement.
This attention has brought down such major media stars as Matt Lauer and Bill O’Reilly. As this is written, it is threatening the job of Lester Moonves, Chairman of CBS News.
In an age of more and more people living to 100 and beyond, age discrimination becomes a larger issue. I recently suffered from age discrimination, so this became an important issue for me. I was forced to retire even though I was in perfect physical and mental condition and had planned to work for 10 more years. I chronicled my personal experience in my new book “Run/Walk for Your Life: Take TA 65 to Reverse Your Age.”
Another book that I highly recommend is “The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity” by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott. This book should be mandatory reading for political leaders so our government can deal intelligently with the societal and economic changes of a population that routinely lives to 100 and beyond.
I worked in and with members of the US Senate my entire career. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina was the only one who stayed in the Senate until he died at age 100. However, my old friend and mentor Senator Robert C. Byrd served until he died at the age of 92. Currently, several members of the Senate are over 80. Some plan to stay there until they are 90. I predict that will be at least one member of the Senate who matches Strom Thurmond’s record.
The purpose of this website is to call attention to age discrimination so that our government and private institutions can deal intelligently with age discrimination.
Michael R. McLeod