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I'm 53 and have worked since I was 17. For the past 7 years I've worked as an IT Project Manager, contracting with professional IT staffing firms. I had a recruiter solicit me for position for which I had at least 15 progressive years of experience for the position requirements. I sent her my resume on Friday, and followed-up on Monday. She had dismissed my resume because I didn't have broad knowledge of Global Trust complexities, which was listed as a nice to have. I explained that Global Trust inception began 2008, and having managed IT implementations for companies with global divisions, I have first hand knowledge and experience, which was indicated on my resume. After that conversation, I realized the content of my resume was never read, rather,there was a quick review of my work experience eliminated me as a viable candidate because of age. Since February I've applied for a lot of positions that are 100% match with my qualifications. I'd like some statistics on who is getting hired for these roles that require 10 or more years of experience. I've got a good 20 years left to work, I'm intelligent, energetic and can work circles around a 20, 30 or 40 something and I need to work. I'm very concerned that employers are discriminating based on age. Again, where can I find recent employment statistics .
I also was a victim of workplace discrimination, and my employer was The State of New York. Even though I filed a complaint with NY Division of Human Rights, and had an Attorney, they still found "No probable cause" and dismissed the case. I filed a subsequent complaint with the EEOC and they informed me that they just accept the findings of NY Division of Human Rights. I also have been unable to find an Attorney to take this case further with out HUGE Upfront retainer fees. In my case, there was a posting for a position I had filled for 2 previous years, and a much younger female colleague informed me that she applied for and was awarded subject position. I even showed that the "item numbers" were only one (1) higher than the "item number" on my original appointment! However, they denied there ever was a posting and convinced that the Div. of Human Rights that the "posting" was placed in an area newspaper, 7 months after the positng on the intranet site. Then 3 mysterious documents appeared in my personnel file 3 weeks before I was terminated, including one titled "Confirmation of Appointment", and two (2) That gave "minimum probation" and one "maximum probation". Again they convinced Div. of Human Rights that these were normal towards the end of a person's "probationary period". This is odd, because up until this time, there is not one mention of "probation" anywhere in my personnel file, or on any of my "performance evaluations". When my Doctor took me out of work for medical reasons, they refused to accept his note and chose to place me on "Administrative Leave", insisitng that I phone in on a daily basis. I was 58 at the time of this incident (May 2008) and suffering from multiple disabilities. My attempts to secure answers to questions from the State concerning, why an ad was placed in July 2007 for a position I had held successfully for 2 prior years, and why three (3) mysterious documents appeared in my personnel file in April 2008, and why they refused to accept my Doctor's note taking me out of work, and other similar questions as recently as a letter from The State dated Aug. 3, 2009, go unanswered. It is obvious to myself that The State is exempting itself from the satutes that I thought were to protect a mature workforce.