Age discrimination in Silicon Valley is rife

Age discrimination in Silicon Valley is rife

The latest discriminatory claim to arise from Silicon Valley’s workplace culture, is the problem of ageism. Whilst efforts have been made to showcase diversity, following scandals of alleged sexism and a lack of ethnic diversity, it appears that older individuals are the latest group to feel alienated.

Laurie McCann, a Senior Attorney with the AARP, which advocates for older people’s rights in the US, says ageism in the tech industry is a “very big problem” – The Financial Times reports.

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Comments (1)

  • Andrew
    Wed, 2 Aug 2017 1:25pm BST
    This is a two-way street. Yes, there is ageism in most industries, although technology is worse than most (in my direct experience) but you also have to show that you have the right skills. After 3 decades where I got pretty much every job I went for, at 50 they dried up. So I did what so many do, and went self-employed. Best decision ever. I have more freedom, more money, and less hassle. But I get work because I prove I can do it. I trade on my capability to deliver NOT my experience. Some of my millennial colleagues are scared of me because I can do complex digital/content/internet stuff they can't. And I can do it faster and better, with the experience and judgement that comes with age.

    The point is - tech employers DO have the right to expect you to have good and relevant 21st century skills. Would you want a doctor with 40 years experience who didn't know about the latest genomics-based immunotherapies? Same with technology... prove you can do it. If your CV talks about what you did in 1980, you're an idiot. ;-)


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