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I never thought I would be in this place

I was fired last July after I complained about the abusive treatment by a senior manager. He was out to get rid of senior employees because they were too expensive. So at age 50, I am unemployed for the first time in 23 years. I fought to get my unemployment and I won. I have been working part time to help pay the bills and have been looking hard for jobs. I have excellent experience and a master's degree. Employers are not eager to hire people with experience today because they may be "too expensive". There is a lot of ageism out there in the market, unfortunately. My unemployment ran out last month and I'm still looking. I ask those in Congress to put themselves in someone else's shoes...
—Jodi
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