Workplace age bias

“too hard to handle”

Since: Jun 11

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#1 Apr 12, 2013
I'm not whining, just putting this out there!

I am a 57 year old administrative worker in a large office complex. I work hard and intelligently. I am good at what I do.

This post is to point out some inequities just using myself as an example.

6 years ago, Dad died, I took leave and advised management what was going on. When I returned 2 weeks later, none of my co workers knew I was on mourning leave, and I had the indignity of telling them when they asked where I had been, assuming I had only taken vacation.

Younger workers have had cards signed by management and all thier co workers, support lunches, and workplace collections when they have lost a father or mother.

I recently had major surgery, took federal family leave for that, let my manager and mangement know my status and when I would be able to return to work. When I came back the first thing my manager said to me was that I was having too much "idle time" at my desk.

No sensitivity to my condition, no asking me how I was, no cards, no nothing, just that I had taken a breather between tasks and should get on the stick about it!

One younger co worker's wife had a baby. We all signed cards, took up a collection, had a shower, etc. All to "show support"!

Is there a difference between MY surgery and my co worker's wife's maternity?

We hurt the same.

I am the first one to sign cards, contribute, offer sympathy and support to anyone!

Subtle age discrimination! I have come to expect it.

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