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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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The only solution I see for this is legislation with tighter controls over what information is REQUIRED on a resume or an application.
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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Back in 2010, at the age of 52, I was hired by this towing company to work their light service side. Within weeks I was their top seller on batteries. The owner was not happy with his other employees who could not match my sales and been there longer then me!

A year after my hiring he asked me to train new hires with no incentive of more pay!

I looked at it as an opportunity to help the company but I also forwarn them that friends of friends doesn’t always work!

Without my ok as far as releasing them on their own, the company allowed the new employees to go to work. Within weeks they were either fired or quit! I informed them they were not ready when they released them! The owner actually contacted me on one and said federal authorities were involved in a money fraud scheme and I never heard anything more!

With these people not working out, being I was accused of being jeolous, the pressure was on me now!

I contracted MRSA as an outpatient at a local hospital and was out for three weeks with no pay! I asked the owner for an advance and he said no! I had to pawn things to survive and get my meds to recover!

When I came back things were not the same! People were not showing up for work and I had been very dependable! The owner was pushing these younger people to sell batteries but failed to realize they were just showing up for a paycheck! Sales went down in the county I worked out of while I was out and that is what the owner wanted to happen so he could get out of light service for AAA. My call volume dropped as the dispatcher at the shop would send the calls to the unproductive employees knowing they couldn’t sell batteries and my paychecks dropped. Now I was a complainer even though I was his most profitable employee on light service. Most of the light service drivers were in their young 20s. AAA contacted me one Sunday with the dispatcher at my shop being off and told me they give me all the calls I wanted. I had 15 that day! That Monday they dropped when the dispatcher signed on! Finally I was fired for questioning things! The owner wanted me to quit because no one else could do what I did!

He wanted out of the contract with AAA and even informed me younger people worked better then older people! If that was the case then why was I their top driver?

I would be rehired over a year later as sales had dropped in another county he contracted.

This was an ongoing deception tactic the owner did with AAA to honor the contract.

He brought the worst driver and sale  person over to the other county after giving up Montgomery County just to honor the contract. When I worked, sales were up! When he worked, sales were down!

I couldn’t understand why he kept this person on board as in every meeting we had it was always the same complaint about him! He had been hired two months after me in 2010!

They made excuses for him not working his shift sometimes and had me cover after I had already worked my shift! Then he wrecked his truck and it was his fault and the policy is if your vehicle is out of service then you have no vehicle until it is fixed. I had to share my truck with him and sales went down in the other county even more! It was suppose to be two weeks but it expanded to four months! One lie after another and then I had an accident and the truck was totaled! Dash cam showed it was not my fault but the owner held it against me and never replaced the truck! My position was downsized and that is really when the age discrimination took hold!

 

 

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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I'm dealing with significant age discrimination in my current workplace.  When  my mentor was promoted to a job that both she and I applied for, she got the job and a much younger colleague responded, "Wow, is that age discrimination?"  My company is big on diversity, they have groups for every type of person or personalty, except older workers.  I want to start a "diverse" group of older workers and I think I'll call it Experienced Professionals.  Any Advice?

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I have recently sold a small business and am searching for employment. I am a 54 year old female and sent a resume for a position in healthcare; I sent a one page resume instead of three page resume with last two employers with description/skills and the other 5 employers were listed below without descriptions. I removed the dates of employment as well as the year of my college graduation. I added a Career Summary instead of Objective, and it looked updated. I received a call from the company recruiter the next day (for a position that I did not apply for but was a better match) who said that he was very impressed with my background, and we talked for some time. He requested that I add dates to my employment and add more detail because this is required by the hiring managers. He was very positive and we talked three times within two days. I sent my lengthy resume with dates and two hours later, I received an email that stated, I was not being considered. It's hard to believe that it was not age discrimination. I have only begun my search; however, I'm feeling that the age issue will be a struggle.

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Hello, @StephenR946174.

 

If a recruiter is screening applicants based on age, that is age discrimination and the practice violates the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and possibly state law. The ADEA provides that it is “unlawful for an employment agency to fail or refuse to refer for employment, or otherwise to discriminate against, any individual because of such individual’s age, or to classify or refer for employment any individual on the basis of such individual’s age.” While high school graduation date is not the legal equivalent of age, if the recruiter is assuming a correlation between your graduation date and your age and screening you out based on that assumed correlation, that too is age discrimination. If you know the identity of the recruiter and want to file a charge of age discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing the ADEA, go to https://www.eeoc.gov/ for more information. There are important time limitations for filing charges with the EEOC. They must be filed within 180 or 300 days of the alleged discriminatory action.

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Hello. I live in Tennessee and get calls from "employment" recruiters. They ask a brief survey And when they ask when I graduated high school and when I tell them 1972 they hang up. Is this discrimination? 

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Hello, @d584291e,

 

I am sorry to hear about the frustrations you have experienced in your job search. Unfortunately, you are not alone. Older workers face far longer periods of unemployment than younger workers.  Of course, it's hard to say whether age discrimination is behind what you’ve experienced -- because that is the nature of age discrimination in hiring. In most cases, the individual is not provided a reason for why they have not been considered for the position or who was hired instead of them. Without that information, it's impossible to determine if age may have been a factor.  However, if you encounter evidence of age discrimination in your job search, you can file a charge of age discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). https://www.eeoc.gov/ AARP Foundation Litigation attorneys are challenging age discrimination in hiring in both our litigation cases and friend-of-the-court briefs. Addressing age discrimination in hiring was a key motivation underlying the passage of the ADEA fifty  years ago and more needs to be done to ensure that older applicants are treated fairly. I wish you success in your efforts to find work as a special education teacher.

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Good morning and welcome to the AARP Online Community!

 

Age Discrimination, is the second in a series of topics brought to you by AARP.

 

This is a great chance to connect with an AARP Work & Job experts.

 

Ask AARP Expert Laurie McCann (@LMcCann) your questions and share your stories here!

 

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Yes, I have experienced age discrimination.

 

I am a highly qualified special education teacher over the age of 50. I have been employed as a part time tutor for a local company for the last 7 years.

My real passion was always to become a special education resource classroom teacher or an in-class support teacher.  I have yet to be hired in a school district full time or part time. I have applied to many teaching jobs in  New Jersey.  I have had several interviews but no offers. I received rejection letters from those interviews and kept them all in a manilla folder. Discouraged by the constant reminder that I have not reached my full potential as a teacher, I shredded the rejection letters.

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@rr5835

 

There are no rules which say an employer cannot ask your birthday and it would be almost impossible  to know if your age has anything to do with being suitable for a job until at least, the interview process is further along.

 

EEOC.gov - Facts About Age Discrimination

 

Accentuate your skills on the application.  

Good,Luck,on your job search.

 

 

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