Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime. – Johnny Ball
While reviewing my LinkedIn stream today I found the following snippet:
“He is ‘too old’ for this job.” The HR manager said to me after we interviewed John (not his real name). John had been laid off by his previous employer due to restructuring at the age of 53 yrs.
This really hit home to me because, well, I’m 53.
Wouldn’t that be age discrimination?
Further, given that it was the HR manager that made this statement it is highly probable that John had all the necessary qualifications for completing the required responsibilities minus his age else the HR manager would not have been compelled to make such a statement.
My grandfather on my dad’s side lived to be 92 and did not die of natural causes.
My grandmother on my mom’s side lived into her 90’s.
Subtracting 90 from 50 you arrive at 40. I’ve got longevity in my blood just as many people do. How are they to survive financially for 40 years if age discrimination is openly allowed?
As a business owner in your own right, what would your answer to this HR person be? What would your counsel to the recipient of this statement be? Given that John will likely never hear this conversation, what measures would you recommend that he put in place to offset the possibility of age discrimination?