Age Discrimination.

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Age discrimination is one of the worst types of discriminations next to that of racial or ethnic discrimination. A person's age should never be a factor in how they are treated. Once we reach the age where we can make logical conscious decisions on our own, we should be treated like any other adult. Age discrimination is predominant because the majority of this world's inhabitants have unfair and old-fashion ideas or beliefs with respect to two age groups in particular. These two groups that are discriminated against the most are the young and old.

Once a person reaches the age of eighteen in America they are given the privilege of voting. Unfortunately, at the same time they are robbed of certain rights. I have always disagreed with the law in which adults under the age of 21 cannot purchase or consume alcohol legally. This law seems completely contradictory to me.

I don't understand how our government can give us the right to choose our leaders or be sent off to war and given a machine gun and told to kill the enemy but deny us the right to legally buy alcoholic beverages. This just does not make sense. This is only one example of how the youth of America are discriminated against based on their age. Another predominant example is with respect to wages. People under the age of 21 usually get paid less than older people for doing the same job. This is a major problem in today's workplace. In order to correct this problem we need to focus our attention on paying people's wages based on their skill and performance of their duties. If a 16 and a 43-year old both have the same skills doing the same job they should be paid the same. Some people argue...