Age Discrimination in the Workplace

October 4, 2011

How old is too old to work? 45 ... 55... 65 ... older? When does one become a senior employee?

How many seniors have lost benefits since the recession began in 2008 and have to seek jobs in a market in which their skills are outdated?

People live longer today and often work past retirement either part time or full time depending on their needs and income. Once the soul and body are burned out, and the stress level too high, it's time to retire as most seniors really want to enjoy their retirement years.

For seniors who have to work, the recession has changed the way people are hiring today. Only the most skilled of seniors finds a worthwhile job with adequate pay.

I read people from all ages and backgrounds who are unemployed for many different reasons. When it comes to seniors, employers often feel the employee will quit as soon as they can retire with Social Security and benefits from former jobs.

Seniors also tend to have more medical problems and often work slower. Many are not familiar with current technologies or the way things work today.

Then there's this ... would you rather hire a senior or a hot looking younger person who will not complain about the economy but do their job and and will probably take less money as they build experience.

Ellie, age 68, as an employer

I consider myself lucky to run my own business. If I were hiring someone, they MUST have an up positive attitude. Seniors, especially men, tend to get cranky, opinionated and complain about everything - a frequency I can't tolerate. I hate to argue or be around that energy. I know what's wrong with the world and don't need someone to lecture to me every time we work together ... boring and off topic ... and changes nothing in the world.

As a psychic I am not comfortable with needy people who want me to psych on their issues over and over again. I like to stay focused on the task at hand. I also like super efficiency with an intuitive twist which is why I work alone or with my friend George. We laugh all the time ... and as my six-year old grandson Noah would say, "George is Grandma's "sidekick" (psychic) and they play well together. :)

To me its not about age but about efficiency and compatibility.


If you're a senior looking for a job - remember that employers tend to exploit employees these days due to their cut-backs and demands on them, so do be careful. As a senior, I see myself working until the program closes. I knew that when I first learned about Palmistry and saw the length of my Career/Fate line. It's the one that goes straight up from your wrist to your Saturn (middle) finger. We know all about that finger and in this economy it lives up to its name.

Social Conditioning

The bottom line is people tend to judge and discriminate about most things. It is part of who we are, especially for those who have emotional problems and need the drama.

Some culture honor seniors who were the family caretakers and now can enjoy their senior years, while others societies have issues dealing with aging parents and even the self as it gets older.

You are your generation, culture, and most of all programing for experience in the physical.

Older jobless workers struggle as age bias claims rise   MSNBC - October 3, 2011

Workers over 55 are likely to face long job hunt in a tough economy. The ranks of older workers among the long-term unemployed have swelled of late. Many of them have lost their jobs in this economy, while others are finding it difficult to find new ones, and the harsh reality is their age is part of the reason. Age discrimination is viewed as an acceptable bias in many of the nationıs workplaces and it has only worsened in this tough economy.

Age discrimination is viewed as an acceptable bias in many of the nationıs workplaces and it has only worsened in this tough economy. Workers over the age of 50 realize thereıs a problem, especially in this tough job market, he added. Itıs not something thatıs imaginary or self-defeating. It's only a common sense realization that the odds are against them.

Indeed, the number of older workers filing complaints with the federal government for age discrimination has reached record levels since the recession began, rising steadily from 16,000 in 2006 to more than 23,000 last year, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Clearly workers aged 55 and over are finding a tough go right now, especially when it comes to finding new jobs. When theyıre laid off, older workers are more likely to be out of work longer than younger employees.

According to an AARP report on Augustıs employment data:

One big problem for older workers is that they are becoming increasingly disheartened by their job searches. The number of older workers classified as discouraged rose to 287,000 in August, up from 234,000 in July.

Discouraged workers are not looking for work because they believe that no work is available, employers would find them too old, they lack the necessary schooling/training, or they face other types of discrimination, according to the AARP report, which also notes that at the start of the recession in December 2007, only 53,000 older people were classified as discouraged workers.

A self-overhaul, however, is no guarantee the workplace will become more welcoming to a senior worker.

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