Blatant Ageism

Age discrimination is as ugly as other forms of discrimination.
Age discrimination is as ugly as other forms of discrimination.

In an age where most Millennial employees change jobs on a rapid schedule most employer would be happy to get someone that stays 5 years, especially if that employee had a good work ethic. What about an older worker that could produce a good 5 years of work with good work ethic? Would they be worth hiring? I think so, but not all employers feel that way.

Blatant discrimination

A relative of mine, who is 61, was seeking a job. He was qualified for it, yet was turned down. The reason? He was told another candidate was better qualified. However, an inside friend told him the boss had actually said to the group “He is definitely good, but do you really want to be doing this again in five to seven years?” Pardon me??
I told him he had the basis of an age discrimination lawsuit, but he is too nice of a guy and doesn’t want to get his friend in trouble. So he continues his job search.
AND a discriminatory SOB gets away with age discrimination. The boss is lucky I was not the applicant.
Don’t let your boss get away with this. Tell them it is wrong, it is poor thinking and certainly gives the rest of the employees a poor view of the boss. Does he think that this sort of treatment will engender loyalty? He needs to rethink this.
But he won’t.

2 thoughts on “Blatant Ageism”

  1. Mike,
    Very relevant and timely post Mike. Many experienced workers who were impacted in the continuing recession face ageism in their search. I interviewed with a company and had green lights all,the way to my conversation with the CEO. The first sentence out of her mouth centered around age. The problem, legally, for applicants is proof and the expense of trying to pursue a claim. Once you head down this road, word gets out and your search is basically over.
    It’s a very one sided situation and thought for the job seeker.

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