Employment discrimination in any form is a problem, true it exists but we need to rise above it in any way we can. Another type of discrimination is Age Discrimination, it crosses all economic and social boundaries, it is equally cruel to all races and both genders.
Big business uses our age against us when we apply for employment, they make us hide the years of experience we have, they make us ashamed for having the years we have, they are using tactics that can not be defined as employment discrimination, but it is employment discrimination none the less. This wave of Age Discrimination is sly and corporate HR uses veiled tactics to exclude older unemployed workers.
How can American businesses think that older workers are less valuable than the students right out of college. True they have a nice new degree. I have twenty five years doing the job you will probably hire the new graduate to do. The only reason to come to mind is MONEY, the new graduates will start for less money then I made before becoming unemployed. Les experience equals less salary, that is corporate america in a nutshell.
The sneaky thing is that they use veiled advertisements and coded questions to weed out the experienced worker in a way that will not appear to be employment discrimination, but we know it is at any rate.
Even if you somehow get an interview HR can dismiss you with the line “We will be in touch” as if we had a chance to get a job that we are ultimately qualified to do.
Even the blind men on capitol hill have had someone point out to them that older workers are facing employment discrimination and remaining on unemployment in higher numbers and for extended lengths of time, losing both their income and their health benefits.
Because corporate America wants to save a few bucks. This is criminal. Bailout, corporate America knows that word very well, government bailed out business, from the auto makers to the banks and who knows how many more individuals with charitable foundations and the like.
I think at fifty two I am a better worker then I was in my twenties, my focus has changed from girls night out and drinking to home and quality of life although the current state of the economy I may revisit the drinking. I enjoy doing a great job. I put energy into everything I do. I excel at work, I like working and have a great deal of experience in varying types of work.
I can do much more than be a bagger at the store or a greeter. Don’t tell me I would be bored working in a lesser job then I had a few years ago, I’m bored now I’m unemployed. Besides even if I was bored you wouldn’t need to worry about me leaving for a better opportunity because employment discrimination and the economy have made certain there are no jobs for me to go and get.