If you are eighty years old, like me you would have by now felt the sting of age discrimination – otherwise known as Ageism.
There are many occasions when I have felt the slash of discrimination against me because I’m an old man.
Here are some situations that show what age discrimination looks like:
- Sally, aged 60, found out she didn’t get a promotion she was more than qualified for. Instead, the company gave it to a woman aged 25, with a lot less experience and fewer qualifications.
- Alan, aged 56, was informed by his boss that he was let go because of budget cutbacks. Yet, he also found out that he was the only person in the office who’d lost his job.
- Gabriel, aged 65, applied for the post of a bus driver and was surprised to find that there was an age restriction. And even though he has a perfect driving record he was not given the job.
Here are the facts…
The Oxford dictionary defines discrimination as follows:
“The unjust treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.”
As seniors, we have the skills and the abilities to perform any day to day tasks. So, if any individual makes you feel like you are not worth it, because of your age, it is high time that you took a stand. We’ve spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears getting where we are today.
The longer we endure this injustice, the more we are going to get treated like we don’t matter. We have a huge reservoir of knowledge which would be beneficial for any organization. And if we have the required expertise, why are we not considered for those jobs.
We deserve to be treated fairly and equally.
Once we start to defend ourselves, it will become clear to all those discriminating against us that, like the famous line from the movie ‘Network’, “We’re mad as hell and we’re NOT going to take it anymore!”