As members of The Florida Bar we all take an oath to abide by laws of our state and our country. Age discrimination has been illegal in the United States since the early 1970s. The state of Florida passed its own age discrimination law several years later to make it clear that age discrimination is illegal and improper.
I am a lawyer with three decades of experience. I have been applying on the Florida Bar Career Center for jobs for more than two years. I have gone so far as to send the Career Center an admission of discrimination by a large advertiser. No actions of any kind were taken by the Career Center.
The Florida Bar gives lip service to EEO compliance on many places on its site. Unfortunately, both the membership of The Florida Bar and the Career Center are allowing massive practice of age discrimination on a daily basis.
How can a lawyer with three decades of experience barely get any interviews? How can employers justify hiring a lawyer with five years experience before hiring a lawyer with 30 years experience? The only answer is simply that they think that the laws against age discrimination are not applicable to hiring attorneys.
I invite the readers of this letter to consider how they are reviewing applications for their advertised positions. If you are not complying with EEO laws, perhaps you should reread your oath.
James M. Moran
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|Author:||Moran, James M.|
|Publication:||Florida Bar News|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Apr 15, 2016|
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