Many younger workers are given freedom to take off work whenever they feel like it, often for weeks at a time and sometimes without even providing a valid excuse. The open-ended maternity-leave policy and poor enforcement of attendance policy by executive staffs at the various facilities result in large amounts of extra work being piled on older workers. A common method, of getting rid of mature and experienced staff to provide opportunities for friends and families of people in higher ranks, is to deliberately pile on enough extra work to force out those who are deemed less "worthy". Protests over unfair division of work commonly result in reprimands for "inadequate time management skills" and "poor interpersonal skills". I would not recommend the Department of Corrections as an employer for anyone who is not young, physically fit, and endowed with extreme stamina... unless you are related to the right people or have the right lodge affiliation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, as I have observed and experienced, has a favored tactic to force out older workers whose positions can then be opened as stepping stones for younger workers who have family or fraternal ties to top administrators.
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After reading the comments by those who express their perspective of age related discriminating practices by more than a few employers, I felt very concerned for older workers that need/desire employment. I wonder if these employers understand that it is not just the revenue from young adults that keep them in business. I wonder how they would survive if the older generation would stop supporting their businesses. I also wonder if these employers understand the principle of sowing and reaping? I am grateful to your agency for providing the results of your survey and your commitment to provide older workers with reliable job leads.
-- Marie Moore, AARP