• Subject: Re: Overt age-ism
  • From: Randy Mangham <randym69@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 23:01:10 -0800
  • Organization: Pacific Crest Consulting

Well, I haven't been discriminated against on the basis of age yet (I also look
about 10 years younger than I am, the hair isn't very gray and I DO wear my
contact lenses <g>) but I have been discriminated against for other reasons when
I was an employee. I paid back the employer by going out and getting a better
job! My boss was just totally shocked that I quit after seven months. Well, what
did he expect after seven months of constant workplace harassment?

I don't have any great advice but here's a web site that might have some info:

www.maturityworks.org

Randy Mangham
Pacific Crest Consulting
San Diego, CA

HankHeath@aol.com wrote:

> It finally happened. My design scheme back-fired on me.
>
> I have a young face. I used to get carded at bars well into my thirties, it's
> that young. I grew a beard. I let my gray hair show when it came in. I wore
> glasses when contacts would work. Anything to look a little older and be
> taken seriously in the workplace. In one location I was told that I had the
> perfect look for a consultant. It was great.
>
> Until today. I was told at two different places that I was too old for the
> contract. Straight out. Now, in the world of work, that would be an illegal
> thing to say. But in the world of consulting, apparently it's ok to say. I
> was shocked. I was angry. It was the first time in my life I was
> discriminated for anything other than lack of experience or training (easy
> things for me to overcome).
>
> I turned to my wife, and said that now I am starting to understand (just
> starting, thank you) why minorities and women get testy about this. It is not
> a good feeling.
>
> So, to take a bad thing and attempt to make something better out of it: has
> anyone else experienced over age-ism lately? My experience seems to indicate
> it is on the rise, but I'm usually late in discovering trends like this. How
> do you cope with it? Are there good strategies to overcome it? Are there
> support groups to help deal with the anger? I'd like to know.
>
> Hank Heath
> HLHeath Consulting
> Ph: 801-209-0091
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