by GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
Originally published: May 15, 2017
Susan Douglas is looking for a job. After decades in the hair business, she doesn’t like what she’s seeing in today’s barber shops so she wants a change. With her husband’s recent retirement, he qualifies for Medicare, but she is too young to be eligible and is now in need of health insurance.
She says she sees a lot of age discrimination: She will talk to temporary placement agencies on the phone and be told of opportunities, but when she walks in with her rich, silver hair, she is told all those jobs are filled.
“They think because you’re old you should be put out to pasture,” Douglas said. “Some of us are out there not for fun money or beer money, but to make money for living expenses.”