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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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LauraR90132: Can you please be more specific? We can't begin to help if we don't know exactly what happened & who exactly ignored you & did nothing.

 

When a govt. agency "does nothing" in response to your complaint, it's time to contact the office of the elected official who represents you -- state rep., rep in US Congress, etc.  I've done that with very good results most of the time. Those govt offices work for you & it's your elected official's JOB to remind them of that. They can, and do, often cut thru red tape like it's butter.  It's called "constituent services" & at the federal & state level there's always someone in the elected official's office whose specific job it is to handle exactly these kinds of complaints. 

 

 

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I‘m not saying age discrimination isn’t out there, but have to comment that  people who feel they were discriminated against because of age might want to ask themselves if being turned down or let go could be attributed to some behavior they aren’t thinking about and could change, such as:

1. Very important! You have to proofread your work—you can’t rely entirely on spellcheck . . . (Judging by some of the comments here, people are not doing either one.) Maybe you need a brush up on English usage or keyboarding. If you are not getting responses from your resume, keep in mind HR recruiters don’t look twice at resumes or applications that are full of bad spelling or poor usage.

2. When you go for an interview are you dressing “old”? Maybe you need to rethink your appearance. Do you need to borrow a sharp suit or outfit or go to a resale shop if you can’t afford something new and current, and look at every day on the job as the day you could be called into a meeting with your manager or the CEO. Don’t let your appearance slide, ever!

3. Are you walking in for an interview or to your job standing or walking straight, neatly groomed, clean and confident?  Or are you schlumping in with run-over heels, spotted or unbrushed coat or jacket, wrinkled and lumpy-looking?

4. How is your demeanor and attitude on the job? Are you complaining about your arthritis, bad back or sore feet? Are you in a grumpy mood?  Do you act and appear to be old and tired? 

5. Are you still interested and interesting? Are you ready to take on new projects? Do you show an eagerness to learn? How willingly do you embrace change?

 

 

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@LauraR90132, me too, that is when I changed tactics. Fortunatly for me I am now too old to care.  I was looking for a 6 month job and landed a 5 year one instead.  I am ready to retire. I never thought I would be a late retiree.  I don't mind working but I hate looking for one.

 

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I have made formal complaints and am ignored by all.

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I have tried through work and then government agencies. THEY DONT CARE AND DONT DO ANYTHING!

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Currently back on the market after being riffed with age discrimination reasoning by current employer, but am finding that many of the telephone first contact interviews are skyped and they want to see what you look like and how old you are before any other transaction or discussion. 

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JanD8627: REPORT THEM TO EEOC!
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RossS320399 & Imccann58,

YES! We *must* TAKE INITIATIVE & REPORT age discrimination! Even if we think it's "useless" or "hopeless" or there's "no point" or "no evidence". Let OTHERS determine that!

I have little patience for hopelessness and those who throw in the towel before even fighting. The more we sit back, give up & take it, the more they will & do discriminate! Do NOT prove stereotypes about workers over 50 correct -- the stereotypes that assume we "don't have enough energy" or are "too set" in our ways or too "beaten down by life" to care anymore.

When you give up like this, you do nobody any favors.

Think it's too much work? Well, YES, it IS work. People don't keep or get their rights by sitting at home & wringing their hands. Become part of the solution. By doing nothing & giving up without trying (perhaps incorrectly assuming "there's no use") you help *maintain* the status quo -- the problem of age discrimination.

If you doubt that the efforts of just a few can change things, just look at the #MeToo movement.
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RossS320399,

Unfortunately, you are not alone.  AARP research shows that very few people who experience or witness age discrimination file a formal complaint. This is one of the reasons AARP continues to challenge decisions that increase the evidentiary hurdles age discrimination victims face.  Too many individuals already believe that it would be futile to complain and that must change.

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Even when you think there's "no hope" it can be worth reporting. For example, if others have complained of the same thing, that could help EEOC build a case.
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