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I was recently reading an article titled, Too Old to Get Hired. The article was interesting, the reader comments following the article were eye opening. I wondered how many of the people who had posted their heart-rending stories and other similarly situated victims of age discrimination had become impoverished, homeless, committed suicide or engaged in other acts of desperation when their options ran out.

I did more research and found another article titled, "Dark side of social media: age discrimination". This CBS article pinned the proverbial tail of suspicion on certain companies in the following sentence:

"According to PayScale, which claims to have the world's largest employee compensation database, the median ages of employees at Apple, Google and Facebook are 33, 31 and 26, respectively."

The PayScale median age numbers for Facebook become clear when you visit Facebook's employment page where the pictures on the pages convey a clear message to prospective job seekers that if they are not on the young side of 30 you won't fit in at Facebook. As I see it, the Facebook career page places a chilling effect on job seekers who do not fit into what in my opinion is Facebook's Logan's Run style corporate culture.

There is nothing fun, exciting or cutting edge about age discrimination. Age discrimination is as vile and hateful a practice as race based discrimination, gender discrimination, religious discrimination, discrimination based upon sexual orientation, etc.

It is now time for the victims of age discrimination to organize and take the appropriate legal and economic action against companies that refuse to replace their Logan's Run style corporate cultures with age diversity initiatives that will provide equal access to and availability of job opportunities for people of all ages.

Legislators need to know that new legislation must be drafted and enacted to close the loopholes in current laws, create new laws where necessary and increase the penalties against companies and individuals at companies who engage in the vile and hateful practice of age discrimination. In addition, people who are victims of age discrimination should aggressively pursue legal action against those who discriminate against them. People must also organize themselves into political and economic action groups to boycott companies that refuse to create age diversity initiatives and refuse to buy products or services from companies that do business with companies that engage in age discrimination.

The time has come to put an end to age discrimination.

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