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Donald Brown
4 days ago

Ageism in the workplace

I've been a contract Project Manager for several years, having successfully managed large-scale, big-ticket technology projects for several Fortune 100 companies. Recently my contract with a multinational bank ended and I began searching for a new contract. With more than 20 years of solid experience and multiple globally-recognized certifications under my belt I've never had a problem securing my next contract, at least not until now, at 76 years old. I've interviewed at a couple of dozen companies - a few of them multiple times - I've been refused employment for no apparent reason beyond my age. Ageism (aka age discrimination) is alive and very well in hiring organizations today. #ageism #discrimination #seniors #hiring #interviewing #general

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Lupita Blackhorse
about 2 months ago

Discrimination on the work front.

I have been deeply affected by the discrimination that was leveled at me on the job front. I won't tell you where I have worked and can tell you some pretty harrowing stories of ugly interviews that demonstrated discrimination. Oh, my! #discrimination #advice

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Janice Reed
Community Specialist
14 days ago

Is age discrimination still a problem?

I just saw someone ask this question in the comments section of one of our posts and want to know what YOU think. Have you encountered age discrimination recently? What did it sound/look like when it happened to you?

#ageism #jobsearch #discrimination

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Jon Hall

I was a chemical dependency counselor and the youngest employee by 20 years. One of the last counselors that was still being trained would constantly call me a child. She and the other ladies I worked with would all talk down to me and treat me as if I was a kid even though I'm 31. It got so bad I ended up leaving the company.

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Tina Chankaya

Well, I was laid off due to my age, (down sizing, not enough work...), Company held a meeting letting us know that they were thinking about their future. And that they would be hiring younger employees and it would be our job as seniors to train them to be the company's future leaders. It t.ook a coulple of years or so, and yes I was let go. There was a young employee who was under the age need for me to go before her I think she just turned 30. They waited for two weeks after her birthday. So they could let me go first. I had seniority. On exit meeting they even let me now that they had looked into it before hand. (Great Right). Anyway, yes age discrimination is real. But I have to say I am still getting hired. So I am ok, dealing with it. Keeping the Faith!

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Paul Baker
Community Specialist
15 days ago

Is "culture fit" the new form of discrimination?

Have you ever applied for a job, put in for a promotion and told that you meet all the qualifications and they're pretty sure that you can do the job but they can't hire or promote you because you're just not a fit culturally?

It turns out you're not alone and some of the biggest and best known companies are being accused of using this in their hiring practices, included Facebook.

Have you ever faced this type of discrimination in your job search or on the job during your career?

#jobsearch #discrimination

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Mary Patterson

Sure. I have been on a job, doing the job, and watched while the Unprofessional, Uneducated, Manager brought someone into my work cubicle to interview her for the job that I was already doing. Only for the candidate to say, "I don't want this Barbie desk or space to work in." Then I politely asked, the candidate, "What is a Barbie desk?" Then the manager said, "Yes. What is a Barbie Desk?" I already knew what she meant by the description. However, I could not resist the temptation of asking the question. I was holding my laughter inside, and trying not to laugh out loud. Then she continued to tell Management, that she was not going to take the job if she had to work in a small office space, at a small desk. Just to think, there I was doing the a three man person job as a contractor for $17 / hr. Had I said anything of that nature going into that contract, I would have been fired and terminated the very first day. Needless to say, Management fired my black aspirin anyways, and gave the Caucasian candidate the same job with less work in a much larger office space. WORD TO THE WISE: It doesn't even matter when people blatantly mistreat you on or off the job. Do you know why? Because Misery Loves Company. Ignorance is bliss. In other words, You can lead horses to water, but you can't make them drink. Besides a DONKEY WILL NEVER GROW UP TO BECOME A THOROUGHBRED STALLION. Think about that one for just one moment. You can't change people. Only God Can. Be Blessed.

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Karen Barnett

I was applying for a work from home care coach was pretty much told that from a company in CA. I wasn’t diverse enough, to. They had asked 3 questions: how old are you, how old is the other person (whatever that meant) and how liberal are you. They actually asked my age maybe they wanted me to lie. But I wasn’t sad I was not chosen for the position.

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Gypsy Parker
over 6 months ago

Offered a job then told i dont have it

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jack pearcey
15 days ago

I did not stay. General Manager had a habit of throwing employees under the bus. No write ups on record. Upper management did not investigate. Just took General managers word. On a good note he is no longer there. #coworkers #Ish #leadership #termination #discrimination #management #bad management

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Elyssa Duncan
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

You don't have to answer that...

In the United States, it is illegal for a potential employer to ask, “how old are you?” in an interview. However, no law prevents them from asking for age/date of birth on a job application or background check form. So it is possible that they already know your age entering the conversation. Note, this may vary from country to country and even state to state.

Luckily, if the question gets brought up, there are ways around it. I encourage you to shift the focus away from age and focus on the skills and invaluable experience you can bring to the team!

Here are some examples:

I am confident that my years of experience in this area, coupled with my continued passion for learning, will make me an asset to your team! Former employers have embraced age diversity and valued it. Am I correct to think that [COMPANY X] shares the same mindset?

Is there a concern about some skill sets or education related to this position? I am confident that my past experiences and accomplishments make me an ideal candidate for this role. I’d love to briefly highlight some recent projects to demonstrate my ability to succeed in this position!

Ideally, the interviewer will realize what they asked was inappropriate. How they react will also say a lot about the company’s philosophy on diversity.

Have you ever faced potential ageism in your interviews?

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T’Ajani J. Shepard
over 6 months ago

Help, please

Hello,

My name is T'ajani Jer-Ray Shepard. I am from Fresno, CA , and I am now living in Miami Beach, FL. I am a male who is 23 years old. I suffer from a hearing disabilities; I am deaf at 90.63% hearing loss. I have earned two college degrees as far as my education field. I have been playing football since I was eight years old even with my hearing disabilities. Until now, my hearing disabilities is defeating me because it seems to be a problem for others who do not understand my situation. I do not know sign language. Even though I read lips, my speech is not always understood by others. From the outside looking into my situation, what do I do? I tried to continued with the sport I love the most, which is football. However, it seems I am being highly discriminated against. Even though I have documentation that verifies my hearing disability, individuals are telling me what I can or can not do because I physically appear normal to them. Honestly, I have never gotten any fair opportunities to prove myself to others.

I am a hard worker who loves to get the job done, to get my bills paid for, and to be able to have food on the table without stressing at night. All my life, I have been facing obstacles that keep repeating itself over and over, which is familiar to my hearing disabilities. I keep telling myself, "I can beat the odds. I have done it before. I can do it again."

Although my situation seems hopeless and it is unbearable at times, I still find myself questioning, "What do I do?" I am now living in Miami. I am applying for jobs. I may not be looking harder enough. Unfortunately, when an owner and manager see my documentation on my hearing loss, they seem to pull away and they tell me they will call me back. However, I never receive any calls regarding the jobs I am inquiring about. What do I do?

At night, I pray to God when no one is around, and I ask Him to open a door for me just give me at least one opportunity. I tell Him, "I won't let you down." All I can do is wait for my chance and keep living off my SSI. I am living in the moment one day at a time. This is the real live moment of T'ajani also known as Tee Shepard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0koMgOAccw

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Doreen Blanchard
over 6 months ago

Religion On the Job

NYC Police breaking barriers with religious workplace accommodations. Like it or not the face of America is changing and we can expect more religious diversity due to the rising number of immigrants from South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Exceptions around facial hair, workplace attire, and time off will need to be updates, particularly with major US cities, to accommodate our new citizens. Kudos to NYC Police for stepping up! http://bjconline.org/nypd-issues-new-rules-accommodating-officers-religious-observance-010217/

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LaShay Grayes
over 6 months ago

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Recently worked for ups in Fontana CA loved the fast pace work+ hours I was recently let go during high peak seasons claiming production has slowed down,but New hire+shift just got added& they cut a full-time shift to 4 hours. Supervisor Gloria,Lead Laura,Jose Have shown racism in this work place once it was brought to their ATTENTION about the Racist statement Jose made to Gloria &I was being held up to three hours before being released on my first break was told by Laura that I can't break till she say so even if informed by other's who starts with me,relayed the message I informed the Manager Charles who is married into the FAMILY of the accused,Moral of the story they hire young adults who they can take advantage of& won't speak up ONCE the law has been BROKEN I was let go due to mistakes being made intentionally, VENDICTIVE & RETALIATION from the Management this matter should be investigated I have spoken to the Agency that contracts with them about this no further STATUS nor have I been able to get another assignment,is their any other openings full time in the San Bernardino, Riverside county?

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