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A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem

Age Discrimination

Dear Sue: I was denied employment because of my age. I filed an age discrimination claim but nothing that I know of was done.

I think this is an injustice and want something done. I contacted newspapers and television stations, but they were more concerned with protecting the companyís rights than mine as a victim of age discrimination. I tried contacting AARP, but they were more concerned about the high cost of prescription medication than their members being denied employment due to their age.

Whatís the best way to pass word around about this company and its practices?

- Looking for revenge

Sue Says: I am sorry to hear about your experience, but I donít think seeking revenge is in your best interest. You tried to spread the word by using the media, which is most efficient, and you filed a complaint. I am not sure what more you can, or should do, other than move on. Why continue to focus on something so negative? What do you hope to gain from it?

Use this experience to educate yourself and others. Channel your energy into finding another job. You can continue to try to hurt this company, but in reality, you are only hurting yourself. Learn from what happened, and move on. You will be better for it.

Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She is author of the newly released 101 Tips for Graduates and How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition. You can contact her by email at or visit her web site at

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