The Unequal Right to Age Equality: Towards a Dignified Lives Approach to Age Discrimination

43 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2013

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Pnina Alon-Shenker

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management

Date Written: July 19, 2013

Abstract

This paper critically examines prevailing egalitarian theories (which assess inequality between two individuals on the basis of their lifetime experience). The paper proposes an alternative theoretical framework: the Dignified Lives Approach. This theoretical framework, which rests on deontological foundations, considers all human beings as of equal moral worth, and advocates treating each individual with equal concern and respect at any given time. The paper articulates five essential principles of equality founded in the notion of equal concern and respect: the principle of individual assessment, the principle of equal influence, the principle of sufficiency, the principle of social inclusion, and the principle of autonomy. Focusing on senior workers, the paper reveals that age discrimination may be as unjust as other forms of discrimination. It therefore articulates a strong, moral case for eradicating age discrimination which is well supported by recent judicial developments.

Keywords: age discrimination, employment and labour law, equality, aging workforce

Suggested Citation

Alon-Shenker, Pnina, The Unequal Right to Age Equality: Towards a Dignified Lives Approach to Age Discrimination (July 19, 2013). Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2296145

Pnina Alon-Shenker (Contact Author)

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

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