Jan 4, Forced out a few years before planned retirement

by Sally
(Methuen, Massachusetts)

I had worked for a large hospital for 25 years, but had different jobs within the hospital over the years. I did not like my last job that I had for six years, so I did not mind being pushed out in that sense, but I had a lot of anger.

I’ve only been “retired” for 8 months, and I’m not happy with it. Maybe it’s because I KNEW it was ageism. They told me they were “changing the job” – ha. I figured then that I knew what they were doing, so I looked up the job posting, and it was the same job! I was not surprised – I know of this “trick” to get rid of someone older, and I was 67 (now 68).

I had hoped to work until 70, even though I was not fond of my job; however I enjoyed the environment of the hospital very much and had been there a long time, knew a lot of people, even loved the train ride in/out of work!

Unfortunately, we got a new Chief in our department, a young woman of 38 (an older man had retired) and she wanted younger people who basically took over the office. Of course, it’s against the law, but the hardest discrimination to prove; they can always say “we changed the job and she couldn’t do it”.

It’s been a hard 8 months, so I’m hoping I can turn things around soon!

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