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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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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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Have you had to look for a job lately and on the application they ask for your birthday ?  Is that the way they got around asking your age ?

Also, if anyone in the Maryland area is looking for a smart intelligent, loyal employee, get in touch with me.  I am having a horrible time procuring employment .  I don't need a hand out, I need a hand up.


My skill sets are awesome, yet I don't get any interiews or even phone cakls.  Please, if someone out therre can help please contact me <removed to protect your privacy>


Thank You all very much

I have to get out of thhis house.

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Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Have you experienced age discrimination? Laurie McCann is a Senior Attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation where her principal responsibilities include litigation and amicus curiae (impartial advisor) participation for AARP on a broad range of age discrimination and other employment issues.


Ask AARP Expert Laurie your questions about age discrimination, and share your experience.

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