A career in Washington, DC, means a lot of turnover, and so, at the tender age of 50, I was job hunting after leaving the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative towards the end of the Clinton Administration. Freshly polished resume in hand, I recall going through at least three different job interviews where the questioner probed for my age instead of focusing on my qualifications and experience. While I didn’t feel a need to hide how old I was – I certainly didn’t consider myself to be “old” – perhaps the interviewers were reacting to my head of white hair. Whatever their reason, it was disconcerting, to say the least.
Election Day is almost here. Yet too many candidates wait until after the polls close before taking positions on key issues that matter to you and your family.
UPDATE: While partisan rhetoric heats up as the presidential election looms closer, it's especially encouraging to see at least one piece of legislation get support from both sides of the aisle. The subject is age discrimination in employment decisions. Since this post was originally published in mid-July, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have stepped up as sponsors.
Know anyone who has faced age bias at work when it comes to hiring or layoff decisions-or is it a worry for you? If so, you should care about a certain senate bill. And the good news is that bipartisanship hasn't completely gone the way of the Dodo bird.
In a contentious election year it's encouraging to learn that Americans from both parties, and some politicians, have found common ground on at least one issue. A new AARP survey shows that older Americans overwhelmingly support legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace.
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