Too old and too hard to prove discrimination
I am 56 years old, and been it I.T. about 25 years. It is very true about what I have read in other statements regarding this article.
I do not have much gray hair, look about 8-10 years younger, but that does not help when the I.T. management, and staff is in the 23-29 year old range. Management wants their team around the same age for company culture reasons in many cases, and your days are numbered in that environment. This happened to me. Management will concentrate on you so your pay does not get too high, and you will be recycled. Rather than pay out for experienced workers, business has resorted to hiring contactors to cut head count, costs, and do not have to deal with benefits.
The sad thing is that benefits through contract are non-existent, or too expensive in most cases. You are hourly paid, and that is all. The pay is good, about industry standard, until I pay for Health insurance and try to bank for sick leave and vacation time.
There is no doubt that there is job discrimination in the work place. Doing my job was not good enough; going beyond what was required was not good enough. Being contagious with enthusiasm is not good enough once they get on the culture train. You will be on the documentation microscope and railroaded out when it is time. I currently am 4 yrs on contract at a great job, no benefits, and with the economy, things are not looking good. Being to take a day off now and then would be great, holiday pay would be great.