Comments for: AARP finds one-fourth of older Mainers report age discrimination at work

Posted July 07, 2012, at 5:45 a.m.
Last modified July 07, 2012, at 6:04 a.m.

A new AARP poll says 34 percent of older Americans, including 23 percent of older Maine voters, report that they or someone they know has experienced age discrimination in the workplace. An analysis of the June jobs report by AARP found that it takes longer for unemployed older workers to …

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  • Anonymous

    The AARP has lost all creditability with its blind support of the largest tax hike in history, aka Obama Care!

    • Get over it!

      • Anonymous

         Why get over it? It is a fact that, while you obviously are overlooking the enormous problem it creates, 65% of the population didn’t want the new entitlement pushed down there throats, to pick a direction. The were nearly 200 recommended amendments and Reid only allowed a day for 20 carefully chosen ones to surface, the opposition was not allowed to even read the legislation before the vote. The House wasn’t allowed to negotiate it as it would have opened Pandora’s box. While it was legal and we have an oddly formed Supreme Court decision supporting it, this law is a pig and you a fool to go along with it. It is not the product of a representative government.

        • You really have No Idea what you are talking about!

          No Compromise? Entitlement?

          This was a Heritage Foundation Republican Scheme to bolster the Private Insurance Industry rather create an ” Entitlement” ,of a Universal Health care system.

          It was a Comprimise by Design right from the very Start. 

          • Anonymous

            The Ds had an unstoppable position in 2009/10.  They couldn’t get it done because too many Ds–just like the Rs–were beholden to the insurance industry.

        • Tyke

           If a few lazy legislators did not read the bill before the vote that is because they do not deserve to be paid by taxpayers because they were not willing to do their jobs,

    • Tyke

      Non partisan analysis by the CBO  shows Obamacare reduces the deficit and only millionaires and freeloaders have to pay any tax increase at all.

      • Anonymous

        Oh yes, they the CBO is always right………….Show me one government run program that actually did what their purpose was, and on budget.

        • Tyke

          In other words you got no real facts to respond with.

          Got it.

    • Anonymous

      Relevance to this?  Looks like a good poll, run by an outside group.  Being absolutist will get you nowhere, at least with the real critical thinking crowd.

  • Anonymous

    You are very correct, Schoonerdog.  But, its credibility was lost many years ago, because they support Planned Parenthood and other anti-family organizations with the money given them by the “older generation” that they purport to support.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder about your credibility.

  • Anonymous

    AARP is the last organization I would join. They trade on older peoples fears and this is a good example of that.

    • Anonymous

      So, how old are you?  Eligible?

  • The kid’s are graduating and leaving for either jobs in other States or the military. The Census demographics prove that beyond question. That means that business’s are going to have to start working with the labor market that they have. Throwing a temper tantrum and refusing to hire simply because of age is both discriminatory, and it is discrimination as defined in the US Code, and wasteful. The older worker has both a huge amount of experience, that frequently can not be duplicated, and the proven work ethic that so many business’s keep publically crying about that is badly needed, but is somehow mysteriously ignored, or worse, when it’s called for, or asked about in the press. Eventually this is going to come to a head, either in Congress or the Federal Court’s, and whoever’s name on the case is going to wind up a poster child for the ignorant and stupid when it comes down to it.

    Maine business’s would be real smart to get ahead of this by bucking the trend and start hiring from the labor market they do have and quit crying about the labor market they don’t. Might some business practice’s need changing or adapting because of this ? No doubt they will. But change is inevitable and that’s part of the business cycle. Recruit, hire, train, develop and adapt when required, it’s all part of doing business. How many older folk’s are going back to the Community College’s to learn, or re-learn, new and update their skill’s ? Diesel and hydraulic classes were, last year, a big source of Senior’s enrolling up in the northern part of the State. Age does not mean inability. It does mean experience gained over time, used and adapted to get a job done. And isin’t that what business’s look for, someone to get the job done, or am I missing something ?  

  • Anonymous

    Who can believe anything AARP says? Further, while there are legitimate cases of this sort of discrimination, there are many more cases of an employee unwilling to acknowledge his/her lack of performance with 20/20 vision. All workers ought to be willing to help coach to older ones when it is apparent they are beginning to falter and help them understand the issues. 

    • Anonymous

      Lots of us do, at least we’re selective and analyze the data, rather than condemnwith a borad brush.  Granted, the reasons for departure of anyone, especially ‘older” workers” are a minefield but documentation gets very difficult.  Performance reviews, if they eixst, can be skwed on a moments notice, with no recourse.  Compnaies who have proposed 180 degree evaluations, have scapped them the moment that middole management cancelled them, fearing for their coroporate lives.

  • Anonymous

    I believe this information is accurate based on my wife’s experience.  She is 50+ and  was laid off from her job to be replaced by a younger, “less expensive” person.  She was a finalist for two positions.  In both instances she had more experience but a younger, ‘prettier” person was chosen for the job.

    • Anonymous

      The same thing is happening to my 48 year old husband.  He got laid off from the local paper mill, but when he tried to re-apply 3 years later, he never even got an interview; all he got was a letter saying he wasn’t qualified.  It’s very difficult to prove age discrimination, so what’s a person to do??  He’s applied to many other job ads, many of which he’s over qualified, but he never even gets an interview.  So who are the employers hiring, when they actually hire anyone? Kids who’d rather spend their time on their cell phones texting.

    • Anonymous

      I’m just re-reading what you said about your wife being replaced.  It’s sad to say that with the declind of union representation in this country, employers are getting away with these tactics.  Many employers are not concerned with hiring the most qualified person, they just want the cheapest person.

      • Anonymous

        Fully agreed.  And most ignore thefact that many to most of their entry level jobs require at least 6 months of training and getting up to speed.

  • Yawningattrolls

    AARP is a for profit joke claiming to represent us seniors – this is simply  a marketing ploy  – boycott AARP – they are selling a bill of goods for their own interests and profits.

    • Anonymous

      I suppose you’ve been skimming, taking advantage of what AARP has provided seniors, and condemning the rest.  Granted, I don’t always agree with everything they support, but they come out ahead IMO.  And how does this survey relate to their imporved bottomline?

  • Anonymous

    aarp needs to be dismantled. them have been Obama pawns since he gave them hundreds of millons of taxpayers money.
    They are a Public Relations Firm for Obama.

    • Anonymous

      And you’re PR for whom?  And how do you plan on accomplishing that “dismantling”?  Sounds like ham-handed big government to me (something that could happen under the current Maine administration)?

  • Mr_Spuddy

    That means 3/4 of seniors DON’T report age discrimination at work  . . .

  • Anonymous

    Generationamerica.org….a much better organization working to help seniors without fear mongering.

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