Tuesday, January 17, 2006

a new one

I was just filling out an affirmative action questionaire from one of the universities to which I've applied, and after the usual questions about ethnicity, gender, veteran status, and disability was this one:
Are you in the protected age group (40 and over)?
What does THAT mean?


Anonymous said...

Hmmm....protected from what is the question??!!
Maybe protected from aliens?!
From the sun?!
From losing their jobs?!
Very odd....
Sorry, can't help you out there...

Annie said...

The protected age group is made up of women over 40 - they're "protected" because they can sue for (and I am so not making this up) ageism if they get canned. My boss was always laughing about that, as she was in her 50s, and also about the fact that you can't fire an alcoholic because alcoholism is a disease and THEY can sue, too. Which totally made me want to take up drinking.

Astroprof said...

Yeah, and you can't fire morons either. So, you just promote them to be an administrator.

GrrlScientist said...

Being a female who is over 40 is not a personal choice, although it is treated as such in the job market.