I was out recently doing a story, when I ran across a woman who was job hunting. No big deal. She was in her mid 60′s. No big deal. She was having a tough time finding a job and she felt it all had to do with her age. Very big deal.
While I’m still in my 30′s, age discrimination is something you’d have to be hiding under a rock to not know it’ s happening. It’s increasingly becoming more of a problem too as older Americans have to go back to work in order to keep up with the cost of living. Someone very close to me is currently at the receiving end of a younger managers constant rant and scrutiny all because of their age. Shame on them and shame on you if you are trying to make someone’s life miserable because they’re older and therefore you deem them incompetent.
For heavens sakes, these people are quite competent. Some, yes, may move a little slower, they may not be as tech savvy. However, they are full of wisdom, full of experience and quite frankly, they have a better work ethic than my generation and the ones that follow.
The next time you decide not to hire someone simply based on their age or mistreat them in any other way for that matter, remember, these were our babysitters growing up. These were our teachers and swim coaches. These are are mom’s and dad’s and one day it’ll be you!