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Former Apple engineer experiences age workplace discrimination

Finding a new job can be rough, but it can be even more difficult for people who are older than 50. Age-related workplace discrimination is an ongoing concern that affects not just the atmosphere at the office, but also hiring practices that keep these workers out of it in the first place. While many people in Massachusetts might enjoy their iPhones and other Apple technology, the company has had its fair share of age discrimination complaints.

After spending a few years in retirement, the 54-year-old former Apple engineer decided that he had plenty work years left in him. Before retiring he worked for Apple from 1987 to 2008. During those last eight years he was in charge of completely moving over the Mac OS to a new platform. He knew exactly where to apply with all of that experience under his belt -- the Apple Genius Bar.

After applying he was called in for a total of three different interviews, after which he was always told that company officials would make contact with him soon. He claims that he was never contacted after any of the interviews. He was ultimately not hired for the position despite his decades of up-close experience with Apple products.

A study from AARP revealed that the majority of workers between the ages of 45 and 74 have experienced or at least seen instances of age-related workplace discrimination. When it released that study, it also demonstrated that workers' age at the time that they lose a long-term job has a significant impact on their ability to find new employment that offers the same long-term opportunities. No matter their age, workers in Massachusetts deserve to be evaluated for positions based on their credentials and qualifications and not on how many birthdays they have celebrated. When potential employers wrongly disregard applicants because of their age, affected individuals can take action to hold them accountable.

Source:, "Ex-Apple Engineer's Job Application to Genius Bar Gets Rejected", Fritz Gleyo, Sept. 7, 2016

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