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I am 60 and am looking for a new job.How can I tell if an employer discrimates because of age. I feel they do

I have applied for jobs that I know I have more experience and better qualifications than the "younger person" they hired. They can't come out and say it is because of my age but I feel it is, but how can I prove it. They can use any reason they want and it is still "age discrimination". Don't they realize and older person in most cases are more reliable and dependable than the younger generation?

Asked By: Joanne C - 10/27/2007
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Just because proving age discrimination is difficult does not mean that it is impossible. Here are some ideas. Have a younger friend with similar credentials related to the position apply at the same time. Compare your experiences. Better yet, get together a group of people to apply: some your age, others... More
Answered By: WonderLaw - 10/29/2007
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You cannot do anything unless you get it in writing. That won't happen. Try looking for jobs for seniors or jobs for retirees in a Yahoo! search. Try a temporary employment agency.
Answered By: regerugged - 10/27/2007
 
I have seen this many times. It is unprovable. I would just go on looking for someone who appreciates a steady worker.
Answered By: sensible_man - 10/27/2007
 
Dont be one of those people. Just apply, interview and live with the results. I firmly believe an employer should have the right to hire whoever they want for whatever reason EVEN if it is not me.
Answered By: vtjames7433 - 10/27/2007
 
I now they shouldn't but I'm sure they do--proving it would be impossible I bet. Not sure what job you are looking for, but consider education related jobs. Many parttime jobs are available with good pay and the experience of age is a plus. Teacher assistants, substitutes, office personnel, are just some ideas. These... More
Answered By: teachingmomff - 10/27/2007
 
that is true but would you on the other hand hire a 60 year old when you can hire a young buck we are slower myself i cant half remember[ reliable dependable ] arthur must dont know where you stay child these joints good luck what ever floot your boat
Answered By: casperpitbull - 10/27/2007
 
The problem is that you'd never really be able to prove it - all they need is ONE age-neutral reason that the other person is a better fit for the complany. These types of cases are difficult, and usually require a pattern of many applicants rather than just one, or something blatantly said during an interview... More
Answered By: mommybaby295 - 10/27/2007
 
Because you "have more experience and better qualifications than the "younger person" they hired", you do NOT know that age was a factor. You would not that age was a factor only if the person had the SAME experience and qualifications as you. Based on the facts that you state, it is possible that the employer hired... More
Answered By: StephenWeinstein - 10/27/2007
 
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