IELTS Essay August 2018: Illegal to Reject Someone Applying for a Job Because of Her Age.

In some countries, it is illegal for employers to reject job applications on the basis of age criteria. Is it a positive or negative development? Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own experience.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.


Introduction: (Introduce the topic with a general statement and STATE clearly whether this is a positive or a negative development. MENTION the reasons that you plan to EXPLAIN in the body paragraphs.)

In many countries, it is illegal to reject prospective employees on the basis of age. I think this is a commendable law and it has numerous positive effects. This not only offers people equal opportunities irrespective of age but also helps companies find the best fit for a job.

Body Paragraph 1: (EXPLAIN reason 1 – equal opportunities)

In absence of a law protecting the right to apply for a job without any age-based discrimination (maintain the context of the essay), people will not get equal opportunities (Idea linked with the context). A person has a right to learn anything at any age and then compete for a job. For example, a housewife may decide to learn advanced computer languages after 40 years of age and then apply for a job in a software company. Rejecting her application merely on the basis of age instead of her competence and qualification will not be a morally correct decision. (Explain the idea thoroughly)

Body Paragraph 2: (EXPLAIN reason 2 – best fit)

Moreover, this (referencing device – helps in maintaining the context of the essay) also helps companies find the right person for a job (Idea linked to the context). Companies need people to run operations profitably. If they discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, they may lose a prospective employee who could have performed well. For instance, the Tata group could not find an appropriate candidate due to a bias for a person above 60 years of age. The law forced it to consider applicants who were younger in age and the company appointed Mr. Cyrus Mistry, a 45-year-old person, as its group CEO. A law prohibiting such discrimination is thus beneficial for the companies as well as employees. (Explain the idea thoroughly)


In conclusion, preventing discrimination between job applicants on the basis of age is beneficial for companies as well as individuals. This is economically beneficial for all sections of society.

Total Words = 273.

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