The Pretextual Termination of Older Workers

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  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 11 years ago

    NBC will not renew anchorperson Sue Simmon's contract once it expires in June 2012.   Ms. Simmons was a respected anchorperson of NBC nightly news for 30 years.   Of course, the issue of her contract not being is acutely pretextual.   

    The real reason that Ms. Simmon's contract was not renewed is the issue that she is an aging woman.   As we all know, female newspeople are to be as and/or appear to be as young as possible.  According to the NBC powers that be, Ms. Simmons is in her sixties and is considered FAR TOO OLD to be a newcaster.   It is apparent that NBC wants a fresher i.e. younger female face on their nightly news show.   

    This does not apply to only Ms. Simmons.  Many older workers, especially those near retirement age, are routinely terminated under the pretext of companies cutting costs and saving monies as "older workers cost too much to retain.   So companies and corporations are terminating older workers and replacing them with younger workers at lower cost.    Of course, this is counter to the antidiscrimination laws of the EEOC(The Age Discriminationi in Employment Act); however, many companies and corporations often find covert ways of discriminating against and terminating very valuable older employees.  What is your premise regarding this?

    1. Credence2 profile image78
      Credence2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Barbara Walters and Leslie Stahl managed to continue to hang around, maybe there is just too much light on them for their employers to have them quietly put to pasture.

      The way that older worker are treated is practically criminal, they terminate them just prior to their being eligible for retirement benifits, yet to old to acquire a similar position elsewhere. It it ultimate in dirty tricks as you say. There is the law but it is hard to prove that it had been violated on their behalf.

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If that's really the reason (just her age and not her capabilities as she ages) then Mrs. Simmons has grounds for a discrimination lawsuit, yes.

  2. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 11 years ago

    Older workers and seniors are not respected in this country or maybe the globe.
    We should respect their wisdom and experience but we put them out to pasture,so to speak. Any woman over 40 becomes invisible so after 50 and 60,they are deemed useless.
    I was a big fan of Sue's. Her partner for many years,Chuck Scarborough,made a great team.
    She is one feisty lady!

  3. Greek One profile image64
    Greek Oneposted 11 years ago

    I was studying world war two in high school, when I found out my history professor, who actually served in the war, would be let go the following year when reached 65.

  4. SoManyPaths profile image60
    SoManyPathsposted 11 years ago

    Yeah, I have to be careful on what job I seriously consider since if I leave my underpaying job, it will be very tough. Fortunately, rates are low to get a home.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Many companies and corporations are terminating older workers because they are simply too expensive to retain.   You see older workers are usually at the peak of their earning power so companies and corporations terminate them, replacing them with lower cost younger employees.  It is all in the company's and corporation's hidden modus operandi so to speak.


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