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50 Is the New 65: Older Americans Are Getting Booted From Their Jobs -- and Denied New Opportunities

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Age discrimination could be headed for you, sooner than you think.


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divergent revolution (309)
Friday December 27, 2013, 8:40 am
this is so far from the center of humanity,I cannot even grasp how a person of 47 is "old'
maybe "older",but doesn't that also mean wiser and more experienced
again, I blame money
for it is cheaper to hire someone still rising than those at the top of their profession
this is the cruelest cut of all
ty Cal

Chantale F (22)
Friday December 27, 2013, 9:17 am
Funny since life expectancy is constantly on the rise.

Gene J (289)
Friday December 27, 2013, 9:20 am
"This is not just a story of people in their 60s or 70s. Workers as young as 50 are shocked to find themselves suddenly tossed onto the employment rubbish heap, just when they felt on top of their game. They’re feeling stressed, angry and betrayed by a society which has benefited greatly from their contributions."

While this is certainly true and the Bush economic debacle cost many older workers their positions and though many have found new ones they are at a fraction of their former pay and benefits. If there is an upside here it might be in an article I read a few days ago. It talked about how all these companies are now finding themselves with a lot of bright 30 somethings with advanced degrees who have NO idea how to manage people or develop policy and procedures or very much of anything related to retaining talent and increasing market share. These companies, the far seeing ones, are doing their best to not let decades of wisdom simply walk out the door and vanish, those who do not are paying a high price for their lack of foresight. Somehow that doesn't bother me at all.

Roseann d (178)
Friday December 27, 2013, 9:27 am
Ironic, since the GOP wants to raise the retirement age. DUH!

. (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 11:13 am
Although not of the corporate world, as a public school librarian I feel the pressure. Doing my job teaching literacy for 29 years, the last 5 have been not a push, but a shove to teach computer skills to 5-7 year olds.
I could go on and on as to the stupidity in this, but it is fallling on deaf ears.
There is even the possibility of libraries becoming secondary to ipads.
Handwriting has been placed on the back burner-third graders learn script. There is no level of mastery- if they learn it, fine. I hope I am long retired when children cannot read the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution as written because it is not in block letters.
I know this is a bit off topic, but I needed to vent at the stupidy of not seeing experience as the great benefit.

Winn A (179)
Friday December 27, 2013, 12:09 pm
No surprise here. This didn't just start happening. It's been happening for years now.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:08 pm
Noted. I agree with Winn that this has been going on several years....around since 9/11 when the stock market halved itself upon reopening....and then Bush invaded Afghanistan. THAT is apparently what's caused people to forget how far down the economy dropped right after 9/11. The war picked it right back up....then we invaded Iraq. Meanwhile, banksters were already cashing in on the mortgage market, and CEO's begin to see huge increases in pay. But, why pay workers?.....when they could just pocket the money. Their greed allowed them to fire workers making a higher salary or hourly wage, and hire others that would make less so they could pocket the difference. How greedy are they going to get? Will everyone be vying for "slave wages"? I hope what Gene posted is true, though. When the greedy discover their "bottom line" is bottoming out, and people aren't buying faulty, defective products.....or trusting whatever work they're putting out there because it's substandard, I hope they'll get back to appreciating the experience and quality of older workers.

Roger G (148)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:36 pm
noted, thanks

Kamia T (89)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:37 pm
An ESL student I have worked with is 47; was just told her company is being sold, and now has to seek alternate employment. She had already been out looking for over 6 months with no interest, despite having 2 Masters and being a CPA! The web says it all: High paying jobs being replaced with low-paying ones (that no one can live on). The only bright light in all this are the people who use this as an impetus to begin their own small businesses and succeed.

Birgit W (160)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:38 pm
Very true. Thanks for sharing.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Friday December 27, 2013, 1:43 pm
I have to agree. This has been going on for years. I have been a victim myself. I was unemployed from 2009. It is very hurtful when you get a letter from a company, who didn't even bother to interview you, saying that they have hired someone who is more competent at the job than you are. I have only been doing the same job for over 40 years. I couldn't even get work thru a temporary employment agency. After 4 years of this, at 69, I finally said I am retired. In the long run, it will cost them more.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 2:05 pm
Yes, it is sad but true , I know several people it happened to.
Noted, & passed.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday December 27, 2013, 2:46 pm
They want the young so they can indoctrinate them accordingly. Fortunately I have been at my job for 26 years but I see the writing on the wall and it wouldn't surprise me if this is coming year is my last.

Jason R (67)
Friday December 27, 2013, 8:17 pm
That's nazi, corporate fascism for you. I'm 59. I quit looking for work years ago. The republicans want me to take a job that isn't there. What is wrong with them? Why don't they know the state of the nation?

reft h (66)
Friday December 27, 2013, 11:05 pm
It is happening everywhere, and it saddens me. When I was a young worker just starting out, it was the "older" workers to took me under their wing, made me feel comfortable and taught me the most. The younger ones were too busy clawing their way up the ladder. The people I miss most over the years are the older workers for the most part. Now I am one of them. The pressure to leave is just starting and is still subtle.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 12:44 am
Work with a bunch of 20-30 year olds and you learn that your old pretty fast.

Julie W (33)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 1:31 am
My DIL, just turned 50, has had eight job rejections in the past months. Pretty demoralising. The last one said she would not be a 'good team fit', meaning the rest of the team were all much younger. How stupid! As if her work experience could not have helped the others.

Herbert E (10)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 3:26 am
This cries out loud for a REVOLUTION. Hit the streets people. (if you don't mind being killed by the police)

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 4:08 am
Maybe the young people are cheaper.

Dytayja Cohen (3)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:43 am

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 2:07 pm
Noted, thanks.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:42 am
I'm 64 and I have been unemployed for six years. Please shoot me.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:43 pm
Thank You

Johann Scheffler (120)
Monday December 30, 2013, 4:06 am
This is wrong! Older workers tend in general to have a better work ethic.America and American businesses should be ashamed of itself in how it treats its seniors and older workers.How can any American be proud of how their country and its people view the elderly when you compare it to nearly every other country in the world? Sweden and Norway put us to shame

Sunday January 5, 2014, 6:53 am
Unless you have a strong Union behind you or can cry "Racial discrimination" (if a member of a minority) it is exactly the same in the UK. An ageism act was introduced by the previous Labour Party but immediately afterwards, the same government lawyered up and made it absolutely ineffectual. Some skilled people may be able to extend their working life a bit if they become "contractors" but the culture of ageism will end their careers before they reach 65, particularly if they are male.
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