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Fighting Against Ageism

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I was saddened — though not surprised — to read recently about a wave of allegations of age discrimination in hiring practices by some major corporations. New lawsuits claim that these companies’ online advertising and recruiting efforts deliberately overlooked older workers—by weeding them out of search results, putting caps on the amount of experience sought for the open positions, or through other tactics. In some cases, candidates as young as 40 were deemed too old and screened out, according to the allegations.

Age discrimination is really just a trap: Companies are convinced that greener is better, that efficiency and innovation can only come with youth. At WAHVE, we know this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a level of talent and experience — as well as a network of contacts, which is critical for collaborative and unique problem solving — that only senior workers can provide.

This is one of the reasons WAHVE was founded: to provide senior workers with continued opportunities to engage in the workforce in whatever capacity they can and want, while offering companies the priceless value that only comes with seasoned industry veterans. Fighting against age discrimination is one of our very tenets.

What about you? Have you ever experienced age discrimination?

5 thoughts on “Fighting Against Ageism”

  1. Yes, the company I worked for was fine and showed no ageism, but the division I worked for hired a Business Director that found ways to get around the law and pushed me out within two years of his hiring. The problem was as Supervisor of my department, I refused to hire his “FRIEND” due to her making constant errors and not working with an eye on detail.

  2. The company I worked for for 30+ years abruptly terminated our entire experienced department advising our jobs would be given to “outside” defense partners. After we were forced to sign papers to obtain a small severance package our jobs were posted on the company website for hiring within at 30 k plus less and several pay grades below what we had been making given our years of experience.

  3. I actually don’t feel any age discrimination at my job. My primary reason for wanting to retire and join wahve is my commute. My boss relocated the office a few years ago so she could be closer to home which meant the rest of us now have a Much longer commute. My younger coworker is “picking my brain” on a daily basis and totally respects me because of my experience (age). Adding a 2 hr commute to an 8 hr workday makes for a long day. Looking forward to no longer fighting traffic.

  4. Age Discrimination is alive and at work in the hiring process. The Employers have gotten smart. They are aware of the “Age Discrimination” issues so it is circumvented by utilizing Background Checks. Example: I recently had a background check and on the form it showed my social security number as xxx-xx-1234 with the last four digits of social security number correct. However, right under that it plainly listed my full date of birth. The Employers are passing on the Age Discrimination issues to the background check companies.

  5. I have never had a problem getting a new position in the past even at the age of 62 but I always sent resumes directly to the companies’ HR departments. However, with the advent of online applications it started getting more difficult to have my resume actually get through to a recruiter. Now major companies are actually asking for high school graduation dates and if you do not answer you cannot proceed with the application. I am not going to lie on an application. It will give an employer the right to terminate me. This is blatant age discrimination! These companies should be part of a massive litigation. We all talk abut age discrimination but I really don’t see any change especially the last few years it has definitely become worse.

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