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originally posted by: Nyiah
To be very honest, I think if I ran a business, I'd be very hard-pressed to staff it with majority 55+. Between the legitimate physical & physiological health issues & legitimate cognitive decline that crop up the older folks get that impact their ability to work and not just "clock in", and looming retirement for the younger end of that range, I'd rather hire younger folks (30/40-somethings) without those issues on their horizon.
originally posted by: Daughter2
As an older woman who has faced both I can tell you my stance. Sexual harassment is more emotionally devastating - age is more financially devastating.
In my younger days, I had to leave a great job a worked very hard for because of sexual harassment - changed me as a person and I'm still dealing with issues today. But I managed to find a better paying job fairly quickly.
Age is another thing - it's less violating but it's hard to recover from.
I've heard time and time again about hiring some "kid" with one to two years experience out of college. I've even seen many many ads with a specific limit on experience.
This is totally legal because in theory, you could go back to school at 50, so they aren't discriminating on age. This loop hole needs to be closed - it has the effect to discriminate against age.
There's also the notion that "younger" kids are more computer/IT savvy. This may have been true 30 years ago due to training but isn't based in reality now. In fact, I have seen a decline in skills because steps have been reduced to pushing a series of buttons. Their ability to create and understand "these buttons" is lost.
originally posted by: onthedownlow
a reply to: openminded2011
Employees become less productive as they get older... in fact, I think you would agree that you have become less productive as you have aged, and most logically a larger liability in the workplace. I am less productive than I was 15-20 years ago, regardless that my work ethic and physical ability make me a better worker than most?