A mandatory retirement age is an artificial limit placed on experienced
employees in the workplace and amounts to
age discrimination. Congress, in passing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, indicated
that its intention, in part, was to prevent an employer from requiring
or permiting involuntary retirement of an employee within the protected
Many organizations, including law firms have mandatory retirement ages
for employees, but what these organizations do not realize is that they
are harming themselves by forcing out the most experienced individuals
for no reason other than their age. The decision about when to retire
should most certainly not be made for you by your employer.
Thankfully, advances in modern medicine have enabled us to remain active
longer and, therefore, remain part of the workforce. The laws against
age discrimination support this as well.