The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) Ever Heard Of It?

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Me~ Diane Eckert~ “FallColours”~ Picture taken about 3 months ago.

I’m going to be very honest in this post.  I’m 66 years old and live comfortably.  My husband is retired and did very well for us during his tenure in the working world and I never had to work if I didn’t want to so I developed skills that enabled me to work when and if I wanted to.
I’m comfortable with putting websites together for people, from setting up their domains, databases, scripts, to a WordPress site like this or an online store.  I know a little coding.  Enough to do just about anything I care to online.  I can build a computer, more than likely fix yours, or at least figure out what your problem is. I write a little bit, and I research a lot. I can moderate and admin your page or group on any social media site and I can create original graphics as well.
I was online when the way to chat was IRC and our social media platforms were BBS’s. That’s Bulletin Board System for you babes in the wood. Several of my original sites can still be found on The Wayback Machine. I know SEO and am rated as excellent in that field although I don’t always practice or follow some of the guidelines because of my own personal feelings about their efficacy.  Suffice it to say if you need help with something online or off, if it has to do with the Internet, your computer, or information, I’m the go to girl.
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Computer Whiz

Now with that being said, I’ve been doing this for quite some time and I get bored.  My husband is retired and even though I’m in no financial need, I like to stay active.  I also like to have cash I can spend on whatever I choose without playing a game of 20 Questions with the spouse so being a bit tired of the usual, I thought I’d look around for a part-time Work From Home job that would enable me to choose my own hours.  I admin a few pages on Facebook, have a Tumblr account, also a Twitter and Instagram, this site for Clark Brown of Don’t Poke The Bear and I also admin on his group for that page.  Priorities don’t you know? Just something interesting that would allow me to enjoy these other activities as well.
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It Has Those Moments Too

I receive emails from RatRace Rebellion which I consider to be the very best provider of legitimate remote employment opportunities and whether I’m actually going to pursue employment seriously or not, I enjoy seeing what’s available.  Earlier this evening I was browsing their site and I saw this position:

If you’re looking for a side gig with no experience needed, WeGoLook may have something for you. They’re an established company that’s been around since 2009. They’re always seeking “Lookers,” nationwide (US, CAN, UK, AUS).

You’ll use the WeGoLook app to do your assignments, called “Looks.” If you have a smartphone and a car, and you can pass a background check, you’re in business. However, if you live in a rural area, this may not work for you, as you may not get many “Looks.”

Lookers are folks who get paid $15 to $200* to do things like:

  • Look at a car that’s for sale outside the customer’s region
  • Check the condition of a vacation home the customer would like to rent this summer
  • Look at an expensive item that’s for sale on eBay or Craigslist

Most Lookers report making $15 – $30/job with a note that there can be the odd opportunity that pays up to $200/job.

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LOOKER

VERY INTERESTING.  Get to get out of the house, drive around, see things, RESEARCH, one of my fortes, and get paid a bit at the same time.  Choose your own jobs at your convenience, I think I would really like to do this. So I headed over to the link on the ad for the site and it was a really simple process. Right in the middle of the homepage there was a “Sign Up Now” button. I clicked it and that opened an account setup form.  I filled in the required information, one of which was date of birth as being 21 years of age or older was a requisite to apply. I clicked Submit and was taken to the following:

Thank You!

Your Looker registration has been submitted.

Next Step: Check your email to start your onboarding process!

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Indeed!

So of course I went to check my email and sure enough I had mail from the company and this was what it told me:

Hello Diane,
WeGoLook loves getting new Lookers all across the country, however, currently in your area we have a large Looker population. We have added you to our list of future Lookers in the area and will notify you as soon as a spot opens up.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to lookersupport@wegolook.com.
Sincerely,
The WeGoLook Community Team

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RATS!

I supposed that was possible as I live a mere 26 and a half miles from Houston proper and as it’s the 4th largest city in the United States maybe even probable. What were the chances though?  I would think as that’s the case there should be a whole lot of looking available. It felt “hinky”.  So I thought I’d try a little experiment and I messaged my daughter on Facebook and sent her the link and asked her to go through the process for me. Being the good girl that I raised, (laughing hysterically here) she of course got right to it. She really is a good girl. She’s also only 37.
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I Love This Song

This is the reply she received:
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First the text message~

And then-
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The eMail

Hmmmmmm. I had to wonder, why is there such a LARGE population of Lookers in my area, which is only 3 miles from where my daughter lives in the same town, but not where she lives.  Thinking, thinking, thinking, GOT IT!
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I’m TOO Damned OLD

So just to test my theory a bit further, I went back to the site and went through the sign up again but this time I filled it out with my 32 year old son’s information, who just so happens to live even closer to me than my daughter by a mile perhaps.  Well LO and BEHOLD, this is the email he received:

Welcome, John!

Thank you for applying to join our Looker Community. You are in an area where we do not have a large Looker population and we are excited to add you for future needs in your area. Please feel free to complete the Onboarding Process and we will contact you when there is an opportunity nearby.

Onboarding Course 3.0

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to lookersupport@wegolook.com.

Sincerely,

The WeGoLook Community Team

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WOW! A small looker community not 2 miles away!

I’m a great believer in the axiom if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it probably IS a duck. There can be no other explanation for there being an overload of lookers where I am and such a need for them a miniscule distance away from my location.
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Quack, Quack

I decided to go see what I could find out about this company and found that WeGoLook operates as an independent subsidiary of Crawford & Company with over 130 employees and 45,000 independent contractors dedicated to operations. On their LinkedIn page I discovered quite a bit of lip service to all lives mattering and deriving strength from diversity.  I’m thinking they might not have included older people in their idea of diversity.  Crawford CEO Rohit Verma states:
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But it’s OK to discriminate against older individuals.

It’s clearly stated on the Crawford website in their employment policy that age isn’t an issue:

As set forth in the Policy Statement, it has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Crawford & Company to provide Equal Employment Opportunity to all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, veteran or military status (including disabled status), handicap/disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, termination and all other aspects of employment. This policy includes the Company’s commitment to maintaining a working environment free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment.

Periodically, Crawford & Company analyses all areas of employment in the Company to assure adherence to the principles of equal opportunity.

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TIME TIME TIME

I beg to differ.  I want someone from these companies to explain to me why both my daughter and my son who live within a 6 mile radius of my home would be valued and are needed as lookers in a community that needs that position filled but I live in the exact same area and am told there is an overabundance?  You might want to do some thinking on that because there’s no excuse except the one I’ve arrived at is there? I’m of the opinion I was discriminated against because I am 66 years old.  I hope that in writing this little missive I’ve shown you that just because I’m of a certain age, there’s no moss growing. I believe I’ve done quite a good job of “looking” here.
If you’ll go take a gander at the ADEA, it’s also of my opinion you’ll find that you’ve acted illegally in lying to me about your need for people to fill positions in my area. Of course, as I said, this is simply conjecture. Others can come to their own conclusions. WELL! As I stated at the beginning, I don’t actually need to be employed, I just thought this would be something interesting to do and something I would have done very well. I’m a stickler for detail.
rick blayne

I crack myself up.

2 Comments:

  1. Doesn’t surprise me unfortunately. I’m 54, disabled and willing to work but good luck with that!

  2. Yeh, the problem with actually proving age discrimination is the facile liars out there coming up with excuses that a lawyer can run with long enough to empty the pockets of whomever brings a suit (and good luck getting any real help from fed bureaucraps).

    Best bet nowadays? Just what you have done. Shine some light. Promo that light on social media, etc., but make sure you state it as an opinion, based on what you have reasoned, so that they don’t have a leg to stand on in a libel suit.

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