The Damaging Effects of Age Discrimination in the Workplace 

As a recruiter, Lynn learned how to read people well. (Her name has been changed to protect her identity.) Ten years ago, she applied for a marketing position at a senior living facility. After the two-and-a-half-hour drive for her fifth interview with the company, Lynn immediately knew that something was off with the hiring manager.

“The look in her eye was utter disgust,” she says. “In other words, I was not the person she was looking for. I had a feeling it was due to age and I don’t look that old. I’ve been told before you don’t look your age.”

Lynn has over 20 years of experience in the recruiting industry. During the interview, which only lasted only 5 minutes, she was asked about her energy level. At the time, Lynn was 53 years old.

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