Age Discrimination In The Workplace
Myosha G. Guy
Saint Leo University
What started out as the dream solution for a financial crisis in the now Shelby County School District in Memphis, TN, turned out to be a nightmare for the more seasoned or older teachers. When Bill and Malinda Gates donated money geared towards improving teaching and learning in Memphis, TN, the superintendent used it as a platform to force retirement or terminate teachers who were in the retirement age range. The idea was to get rid those teachers that made the most money so newer teachers could be hired at two for the salary of one.
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My mother in turn, found herself going through a tenure hearing that seemed to focus on the fact that she was a senior teacher. Ironically, the only other teachers who had received a recommendation for non-reelection during this cycle were also teachers with 20 or more years’ experience, and ranged in ages from 50-65.
During the process, my mother discovered that not only were the members of the Human resources team not knowledgeable of board policies, but remained focused on the fact that after 35 years a teacher should be near perfect. The members also chose to overlook the fact that this was a new process, that was actually in a trial run, and was not to be used to punish teachers, but help improve their techniques for reaching the children of Shelby County Schools. The human resources department was remiss in the fact that they essentially moved based on the recommendation of the principal and did not thoroughly investigate policy and procedures set by the board.
After going through the process of a tenure hearing, it was determined that after 35 years of teaching, my mother would be terminated. Through her own investigation she found that numerous principals across the city of Memphis, had used the evaluations as a means of termination. She also discovered that several had surplussed positions that ‘senior’ teachers had held, yet placed much younger and newly...