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Older workers say age discrimination is common

When you're young and looking for that first job, you feel like your lack of experience holds you back. It's easy to think that, once you have a few decades of work under your belt, that won't be a problem. Work will be easy to find.

But is that really the case? A lot of older workers in the United States do not think so. They say that it's actually gotten difficult to find work because companies want to hire younger workers.

"Age discrimination is alive and well in the job market," said one worker, while looking for a new job.

"No one hires old people," claimed another.

One woman said that employers were not that direct about it to her, but she worried that they took one look at her age and wrote her off. She couldn't get around telling them how old she was because she had to give them her educational history.

"Here we go...'when did you graduate high school?'" she said, referring to application questions she had to answer. "Which I hate because I know they start adding in their heads - she's gotta be in her 50s."

Part of the problem is that many people do not feel financially secure enough to retire. That means more older workers are still in the workforce and still looking for jobs. Discrimination can be very problematic when they're trying to find a way to make ends meet.

Do not forget that you have rights and age discrimination is illegal. There are steps you can take when you're discriminated against on the job or during interviews.


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