Age dis­crim­i­na­tion

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I HAVE ev­ery sym­pa­thy for the reader who is shocked she can’t get a job be­cause she is in her 50s (Let­ters). It was a re­minder of the hell I went through try­ing to find work at the age of 55.

Dis­crim­i­na­tion against the over-50s is rife. In this PC age, there are laws to pro­tect ev­ery­one — ex­cept for ma­ture job ap­pli­cants.

I was in­ter­viewed in open-plan of­fices where oth­ers could hear my de­tails, was sneered at for dress­ing smartly and had to endure ques­tions such as why did I think I had been se­lected for re­dun­dancy.

It took two years un­til a kind man said: ‘Let’s give it a go.’ I’ve now been hap­pily em­ployed with that com­pany for 12 years.

The Gov­ern­ment needs to bring in job quo­tas for ma­ture peo­ple.

Barry Car­roll, Lon­don SE28.

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