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An employer can refuse to hire older workers:

  1. only when there is a much larger proportion of younger, compared to older, job applicants.
  2. when previous experience with an older worker has suggested that they cannot perform the job successfully.
  3. when the employer hires older workers for other positions in the company.
  4. when younger age is required due to the nature of the job.

The Correct Answer is D.

Title VII and related legislation includes antidiscrimination exception requirements for instances wherein discrimination may be necessary for the normal operation of the business. Age discrimination is acceptable if age is clearly a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). Disneyland HR personnel would likely not encounter EEOC resistance for employing only younger men for the position of "Prince Charming."

Answer A: This is not an acceptable reason for not hiring older workers.

Answer B: One or a few "bad experiences" would not be sufficient justification for not hiring older workers.

Answer C: This is not considered an adequate remedy by antidiscrimination legislation.


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