In The Morning News

Fox Business: Boomers Look To City Life In Retirement
“According to AARP, people usually choose to stay put after retirement. And if they do move, it’s usually to be closer to family. But this isn’t your grandmother’s retirement…’People like the idea that they can walk out their door or hop on public transportation to get to a theater, museum, restaurant or shopping mall,’ said Elinor Ginzler, director of livable communities at AARP.”
Marketwatch: Columnist Answers Questions On Social Security
“Week in and week out, readers email questions about Social Security in hopes of learning how to maximize this most basic of benefits.” Powell responds to “some of the more common and not so-common questions that have crossed the transom.”
Washington Post: Supreme Court Sides With Worker In Age Discrimination Case
“The Supreme Court yesterday gave the benefit of the doubt to a FedEx worker who claimed age discrimination, and said her case should not be thrown out because of mistakes made by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

One Response to “In The Morning News”

    G. F. Edwards said:
    November 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I recently applied for a Customer Associate position with FedEX. Despite a wealth of experience specifically related to the job, I received an email reply from a FedEx manager advising me that I didn’t meet the minimum requirements. This was insulting on two scores: first, it’s insulting to be told that one is incompetent to meet the demands of a comparatively low-level entry position; and, second, it’s insulting to one’s intelligence. Given that FedEx has been sued by several of its employees for systematic age discrimination, it seems reasonable to conclude that the problem with my application was not that I offered too little experience, but, rather, that I offered too much.
    I sent an email reply to the manager mentioned above, asking for some clarification on how my experience failed to meet the minimum requirements for an applicant, and what those requirements might be, specifically. He phoned me and left a voicemail, inviting me to call him back, which I did. In the course of our conversation, I asked if my age might not have been the disqualifying factor. He said, “I have no way of knowing how old any of the applicants are.” When I responded: “Of course you do. You can add up the years of experience listed on my application,” he said, in an angry voice, “Have a nice day, Mr. ____…Goodbye!” and hung up.
    FedEx has a history of age discrimination. It’s also not the only courier in the shipping business, nor (as you probably know) the most economical. I would therefore urge anyone with a concern about age discrimination to choose another carrier for your shipping needs. I might be too old to work for them, but I’m not too old to withhold my business from a company that practices age discrimination. All things considered, I think it’s the least I can do — not only for myself, but for other older workers subjected to FedEx’s discriminatory hiring practices.

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