Many experienced healthcare professionals have written to us, saying they have faced age discrimination in their pursuit of a new job. Although it’s difficult to “prove” age discrimination (you may not get the job because it’s not the “right fit”), here’s a comment posted from a member of our Health Callings community, and we thought you could help us respond:
“I just don’t get today’s employment situation. Employment in the healthcare field is supposedly exploding (thanks in part to Obamacare), some say there is a nursing shortage, and more medical coders and techy people are needed to support all the new electronic health records. But I can’t find a job, and the same is true for several of my former co-workers!!
Nine of us formed a ‘support group’ after we were laid off from a large clinic in central Florida. Each of us has a minimum of 10 years healthcare experience (personally, I have 18 years medical office experience), in varied fields from sonographer to lab tech. Our average age is 54. We’ve all been applying for jobs like crazy for the last six months, and none of us has yet to land a new job.
We believe we face age discrimination. In fact, when one of the former RNs finally got a job interview with a doctor’s office, the kind doctor said every so matter of factly, ‘We prefer a younger staff due to the pace of the workload.’ She didn’t get the job, and we all say she should file an age discrimination suit against this doctor. But how on earth can she prove the doctor said this? What’s the best way to prove age discrimination in a lawsuit?”
Dorthea, via email
What’s the best recourse when you face age discrimination? Post your comment below.