The Edmond Sun

August 12, 2013

LETTER: Older workers deserve better treatment

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — To the Editor:

I’ve learned something that I feel should be shared with others. A person who works for several years at a job and does a good job, gets good evaluations year after year, as well as raises can be forced out of that job legally. You can be told that you have to take a pay cut and go from working days to working for less at night — if you want to have a job that is. An employer can cut your pay for no reason at all other than they want to.

If you are an employee older than 60, it makes you feel very abused to say the least, and when you look around and see many friends the same age being treated the same way, it hurts a lot. You hurt for all of you and feel helpless to change it. You have worked for years, and now don’t know what to do.

I would love to know how a company can cut wages for working the same amount of hours. Especially when you get a raise once a year, and then have it taken away a week later.

I want older workers to be careful, and not be abused as I was. It’s an awful way to be treated, and when you are forced to quit, you cannot get unemployment. You are left alone and scared. Why can’t someone speak up for us and change the laws for us to be treated better.

Helen Jackson