People Asking Me My Age at Work
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|Tue, 12-25-2012 - 2:32pm|
I work in an environment where most people are very young - early twenties generally. I am approaching 40. I think my age is a private matter and I don't ask how old anyone else is and I don't answer when someone asks me how old I am. I usually say, something like, "You shouldn't ask a woman her age!" in a light joking manner. However, people tend to press. I find it offensive and I don't want people treating me differently based on my age - which already happens. As soon as people found out I was married and had a child, they assumed I was older than I looked and began to treat me as if I had no knowledge of pop culture and wouldn't be interested in being a part of their group conversations, etc. I have experienced discrimination in the past based on the fact that I had to take a break to pump milk. A few years ago, I was working a temp job where two twenty something's were supervising me. I noticed that they bristled if I tried to join in their conversations. Later, I told them I needed to go take a break to pump milk. When I got back from my break, my temp agency called me and told me that they wanted me to leave because I wasn't getting my work done. This wasn't true. My work was almost completely finished. So needless to say, at work, I try and keep my head down, do my job, and keep my private life private. It bothers me that the more I try and keep my life to myself, the more people tend to want to pry. Some of these young women are my supervisors.