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By Phil Piemonte

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Old dogs, old tricks

In recent comments posted on this blog, we’ve noted a number of references to age discrimination at federal agencies—long-time employees not receiving raises/promotions to which they believe they were entitled.

Most of the time, horror stories concerning over-50 members of the U.S. workforce tend not to come from the employed, but from those who have lost their jobs in this tough economic climate, and who—despite their experience and education—have been unable to get hired into another job, any job, even a lousy one.

But we also suppose that those very same horror stories also keep older workers—in the private sector and government alike—coming in to work at the tenured jobs they have (and dislike), rather that risk leaving for something unknown (and perhaps probationary).

Earlier this week, we saw scores of posts here discussing buy-outs and early outs, and a lot of folks—at least most of those who responded here—said they would jump at the chance to accept such offers.

We wonder how much of this attitude, somewhere under the surface, was due to some perception of age discrimination.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Dec 09, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Reader comments

Sun, Jan 2, 2011 David sanchez

i am due a grade increase in late jan. 2011...will this pay freeze prevent it?

Mon, Dec 27, 2010

I was very dissapointed when I joined the ranks of the Federal Government. Every year I have to listen to our HR people tell me that age discrimination is not legal; however, I am not qualified to apply for any law enforcement positions within the Federal Government due to the fact that I am over 37 years old. This is blatent age discrimination. I am told that it is due to union rules and an early retirement system, yet many local law enforcement agencies hire people at any age and have 20 to 25 year retirements. So if you change retirement dates you can discriminate against age, in the Federal Government.

Tue, Dec 21, 2010

You should work where I do. The day you retire you automatically come back the next day as a contractor and basically stay until you die. Talk about no chance for advancement. It's pretty much the norm here.

Wed, Dec 15, 2010

Talk about discrimination of older employees what about a freeze on pay raises with a 7.4% insurance increase with any older on CSRS not getting the 2% social security decrease given to only younger/newer employees..thank you very much Obama

Tue, Dec 14, 2010 IRS agent

The IRS in just the last few years has become a horrible place for older agents - the bullying, threats, etc. to try to push them out are something I have never seen in almost 20 years of service. IRS had good managers just a few years ago, and older agents were respected, so I'm not sure how it happened but it's like "the nazis" have taken over in there.

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