It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees due to age, yet it seems to happen every day.
As any Detroit viewer knows, the shows on MTV are hardly politically correct. Now, according to a new lawsuit, the working environment at MTV's corporate offices is not, either.
In our society, ageism is unlawful. An employer in Detroit, for example, could not look at an applicant's gray hair, think he is too old and refuse to hire him on that basis. Nor could he fire an employee simply for being too old; that would be age-based discrimination. Then again, it is just a fact that some tasks cannot be performed by people who are too young or too old. The demands of the job would mean it would be unwise to have a 90-year-old on active firefighting duty, for example.