I'm really getting sick and tired of all these leftist women whining and crying about discrimination - both real and imagined - in the workplace. Let's face it; if you can prove that you have the same job with the same tenure, the same success rate and the same responsibilities as a guy in your company, you're going to get paid just as much as he is, and you've got the law to back you up. But if the guy has better success and more tenure, you need to stop whining about any discrepancy in pay, because all things have to be equal in order to get equal pay.
At least you've got a job that you're allegedly qualified to perform.
You want a lesson in discrimination? Try being a 55 or older white male or female in today's marketplace. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost in the recession of 2007-2008, and it's taken until now for many corporations to begin to bring back some of those jobs. But if you're one of those people who either lost their job or left the corporate world voluntarily at the time and want to get back to doing something where you can be paid something approaching what you're clearly worth, you can forget about it!
Age discrimination is alive and well in 21st Century America, and it's the silent discrimination no one wants to talk about, and that corporations will never admit to.
Some of you reading this will know my story, while some will be reading it for the first time. Eleven years ago, I was finishing up an incredibly successful 20-year career at a Fortune 100 company after deciding to go in a different direction with my life. I had shot up the corporate ladder, moving from local to regional and finally national positions, many I didn't qualify for on paper, but achieved because I had shown the ability to take on new tasks without the formal education required of the position. From managing products, processes or people, I was able to do it all. After finishing my 4-year sabbatical from corporate America, there were no jobs to be found anywhere in just about any company, so retail became my life. Due to it's high turnover rate, jobs are almost always available in the retail world.
But for someone who had succeeded at every level in corporate America, my talents, knowledge and skills are being wasted.
As they have been for the past 11 years and running.
I have applied for hundreds of jobs over the past 11 years where my past experience would be a perfect fit for the particular company looking for someone, and in that time I have received less than a handful of replies to my applications. Part of it is due to the new corporate way of allowing Human Resource people to cull from a checklist of requirements without ever having to peruse actual resumes where true experience can be evaluated. In the new corporate reality, if you don't have a specific degree in a specific field, HR "professionals" can reject you without the slightest effort on their part, even if your actual experience exceeds their educational requirements.
But the real reason for the overwhelming rejection rate is more sinister, and illegal. Even though most workers spend less than 5 years on average with a given employer, companies do not want to invest in training time and money bringing new employees up to speed. They also want to pay entry-level wages to entry-level applicants, and they know that someone with actual experience will want more. So companies don't even consider 55 or older because they figure we're only going to stay for less than 10 years, and have to pay us more.
I get the business model, but it's still illegal as Hell.
But us seasoned workers don't whine like the leftist women marching and rallying these past few days, mainly because we have no advocates speaking on our behalf (because we're white AND old), and because we largely don't rely on government to fulfill the promises made to us in the laws they've passed. We lower our shoulders, put our backs into it, and soldier on as best we can until we either retire or die.
So pardon me if I don't join your little pity party you've made for yourselves. For the next 30 years or so, you've got everything going for you.
Wait until you're 55, when the REAL discrimination begins.
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