When you lose your job, it's very tempting to lash out at anyone in your path. After all, you've been wronged, so someone needs to take the heat. Everyone expects you to be angry and upset at getting fired or laid off, but don't take the bait. Being outwardly bitter and vituperative will only prevent you from... Read More »
By Penelope Lemov
When you lose your job at 45 or so, it's tempting to want to sue for age discrimination, especially if you received excellent annual reviews and were replaced by someone 20 years younger.
While you may think you have an airtight case, the odds against winning could be low. What's more, you... Read More »
Are there certain professions that should have an age limit? Even though he was 65 years old, William Ray Fisher (pictured left) felt that he was fit enough to work as a patrol officer. So in 2009, he submitted an application to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Police Department. When he was rejected by WSPD, Fisher... Read More »
I know a few people in their 40s and 50s who reinvented themselves the old-fashioned way: They went back to school. One became a high school teacher. Another became a psychologist. And a third went through an extensive wine certification program and became the marketing director for a wine retailer.
School is... Read More »
If you're trying to put yourself through school or launch your career as a puppeteer/rapper, Starbucks is an excellent side job. Unlike many other retail chains, Starbucks even offers benefits to part-timers, along with stock options, a 401(k) match and a free pound of coffee a week. But some older Starbucks... Read More »
By Annalyn Kurtz
On one hand, they're too young to retire. They may also be too old to get re-hired. Call them the "new unemployables," say researchers at Boston College.
Older workers were less likely to lose their jobs during the recession, but those who were laid off are facing far tougher conditions than... Read More »
By Sarah McBride
When Randy Adams (shown above), 60, was looking for a chief-executive officer job in Silicon Valley last year, he got turned down from position after position that he thought he was going to nail -- only to see much younger, less-experienced men win out.
Finally, before heading into his... Read More »
By Donna Fuscaldo
Being out of work is hard, being unemployed and in your 50s can be impossible. While companies won't admit it, age discrimination does exist, particularly in a tight job market where there are many more candidates than job openings. Although the problem crosses both genders, older women... Read More »
When it comes to enforcing the nation's labor laws, the agency responsible for investigating charges of discrimination and harassment has no shortage of work. Workers routinely file complaints with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which then investigates them and decides whether to bring suit against... Read More »
Q: I am over 50, and just got laid off after working in the same place for 15 years. How should I approach prospective employers and deal with the age issue? I have a lot of experience, but the age thing seems like a big deal.
No one doubts it is difficult to find a job after working in one... Read More »
Age discrimination, unfortunately, is a fact of life for experienced job seekers. However, there is more you can do to make yourself seem modern, relevant, and qualified for the jobs you want than simply dying your hair or updating your wardrobe.
One key to job search success: an up-to-date, contemporary... Read More »
Their boss would call them "grandpas," "old farts" and "old bastards." So when the eight Texas dockworkers, who all are at least 50 years old, were fired and replaced with younger hires, they thought something discriminatory might be going on. The men filed suit, and last week Central Freight Lines Inc. agreed... Read More »