Ask Amy: Age discrimination is no laughing matter
Dear Amy: I’m a woman working in a very woman-dominated profession, as a registered nurse.
I enjoy nursing and working with my patients. I work mostly with other women — some of whom are support staff.
Some of these women are immature (to say the least). Their ages range from 30 to late 40s. I am older.
I generally focus on my job and have been successful at ignoring their rude and sometimes judgmental comments.
The other day I heard them commenting about my appearance; they referred to me as "the lunch lady.”
I was extremely hurt and humiliated. I haven't mentioned this to anyone else at work. I am now feeling resentful, especially toward these two particular women.
How can I just let go of this and not act bitterly toward them?
I just started back in therapy. Normally, I really don't care about the unwelcome comments. Nor do I care what my co-workers think of me on a personal level, but this recent comment hurt me deeply.
I am already sensitive about my age.