What does the Constitution tell us about our rights as older workers?
Any citizen concerned about their rights should be familiar with the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence; whether you suspect that your rights under the Constitution are being violated or you just want to know what rights are afforded to you. Aging Boomers’ should know their rights as they pertain to the workplace and the Constitution is the starting point. I have highlighted some of the pertinent statements in these documents that specifically deal with equality.
Constitution of the United States
The Constitution of the United States comprises the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government. It also describes the three chief branches of the Federal Government and their jurisdictions. In addition, it lays out the basic rights of citizens of the United States. The Constitution of the United States is the oldest Federal constitution in existence and was framed by a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen original states in Philadelphia in May 1787. The Constitution is the landmark legal document of the United States.
The Constitution States, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—“