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Old 07-05-2016, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Around six months ago, I applied to a position and never heard anything back and completely forgot about it. Today I got a LinkedIn message from the firm stating that the focus of the position had changed and may be more in line with my skills. I noticed she had a little unusual statement in there - that the company "would prefer someone close to my age."

I'm 30 and have six years of post college experience. Granted, my age isn't listed, but it's not difficult to tell I'm in my late 20s/early 30s.

While we know this type of crap goes on, I was surprised at how blatant it was. Do you see such forthright age discrimination often?
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:03 AM
 
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While we know this type of crap goes on, I was surprised at how blatant it was. Do you see such forthright age discrimination often?
Yes! It's rampant here in the Silicon Valley.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:47 AM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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Around six months ago, I applied to a position and never heard anything back and completely forgot about it. Today I got a LinkedIn message from the firm stating that the focus of the position had changed and may be more in line with my skills. I noticed she had a little unusual statement in there - that the company "would prefer someone close to my age."

I'm 30 and have six years of post college experience. Granted, my age isn't listed, but it's not difficult to tell I'm in my late 20s/early 30s.

While we know this type of crap goes on, I was surprised at how blatant it was. Do you see such forthright age discrimination often?
That's probably a good show of age discrimination......Are you going for the position? I wouldn't fault you for going after it....
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Around six months ago, I applied to a position and never heard anything back and completely forgot about it. Today I got a LinkedIn message from the firm stating that the focus of the position had changed and may be more in line with my skills. I noticed she had a little unusual statement in there - that the company "would prefer someone close to my age."

I'm 30 and have six years of post college experience. Granted, my age isn't listed, but it's not difficult to tell I'm in my late 20s/early 30s.

While we know this type of crap goes on, I was surprised at how blatant it was. Do you see such forthright age discrimination often?
Poorly worded. Sounds like there's a measure of age discrimination, but I would certainly call the interviewer out on it in person and have them describe exactly what they meant by that statement.

Was it a euphemism for someone with more work experience? Someone more stable? Maybe they themselves are sick of dealing with 23 yr old hires.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Age discrimination is illegal.

And it is pervasive.

I was a manager. We were looking to hire another manager and we had been given a referral from an agency. My boss at the time walked in through the lobby and noticed that the candidate was obviously in his late 50s.

Boss told me to "get rid of him."
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Liberty Meadows
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Age discrimination is illegal.

And it is pervasive.

I was a manager. We were looking to hire another manager and we had been given a referral from an agency. My boss at the time walked in through the lobby and noticed that the candidate was obviously in his late 50s.

Boss told me to "get rid of him."
Your boss is a piece of ****
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Your boss is a piece of ****
Yes. He was that indeed.

He was eventually fired.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:10 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Poorly worded. Sounds like there's a measure of age discrimination, but I would certainly call the interviewer out on it in person and have them describe exactly what they meant by that statement.

Was it a euphemism for someone with more work experience? Someone more stable? Maybe they themselves are sick of dealing with 23 yr old hires.
Discrimination would be not hiring someone due to their age, in this case they ARE hiring the OP (offering) so there is no discrimination for the OP to complain about. The employer has probably not been dumb enough to use these words to those candidates not selected, especially in writing which would be clearly actionable discrimination. Whether they are looking for someone older or younger, age discrimination takes place frequently, but is hard to prove since most employers have the sense to avoid any mention of age. This one does not seem too bright and that would raise a red flag for me as a potential employer.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Discrimination would be not hiring someone due to their age, in this case they ARE hiring the OP (offering) so there is no discrimination for the OP to complain about. The employer has probably not been dumb enough to use these words to those candidates not selected, especially in writing which would be clearly actionable discrimination. Whether they are looking for someone older or younger, age discrimination takes place frequently, but is hard to prove since most employers have the sense to avoid any mention of age. This one does not seem too bright and that would raise a red flag for me as a potential employer.
You don't always have to be the target of discrimination to make a claim. I'm not suggesting the OP do this but frankly I wouldn't take a job after such a blatantly slimy comment. It's quite likely this attitude is a sign of an overall toxic workplace.
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Liberty Meadows
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Yes. He was that indeed.

He was eventually fired.
Good I hope he is unable to ever find a job again in life.
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