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I work at a major home improvement company have worked for them 14 years, and at four different stores. The last store is a bear. We have a new manager (one week). I have been told not to park in the managers parking place or my truck would be towed. Then was told that my pay would have to be lowered because I was a new employee, 14 years [duh]. Then was told by the manager my equipment license was no good and that I had to take the test over again.

I reported this to the HR Manager in the store but got more crap from the manager. I'm 56 yrs old. Its not like I just hired in. What can I do now? I have to close just about every nite 2-11. We have a corporate schedule, but I'm the only one in my dept thats not on it. I work with another older person and some times he gets it too. Also when we close we have to close by ourselves the others have help.

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Sounds like you need to visit your local U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Office. You did not mention the age of the other individuals involved, but based on what you provided it sounds like you and the other "older person" could be experiencing age discrimination. Call you local EEOC office and make an appointment.
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Good advice to go to the EEOC but it's also important you DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT.

1. Keep a log of every time you speak to this manager and what was said. A week later, you will not remember what was said, so it's important to do it when it's fresh in your mind.

2. If you're NOT a manager and you're parking in a manager's parking spot, stop doing that. Fourteen years working for a company is not enough of a reason to park in that spot. When you're a manager, you can. Out of respect for a person's position, even if he is younger, you need to consider this.

If you have a slight handicap, now's the time to obtain a Handicap Sticker for your vehicle. That will allow you to park closer.

3. Ask HR if it is legal to lower your pay for no reason. You say you were told it was because you are a new employee. Did you leave the company and return? If so, see what HR says the company policy is.

4. Equipment licenses DO expire or require repeat certification. See if that's the case for YOUR particular license. If it's not a valid request on their part, then you may need HR help in this. Keep notes about this.

5. When you report things to HR, keep cool and state only the facts, then ask for help in solving the issue. Don't look stressed out or visibly angry.

6. Ask why others aren't helping you close the store compared to when others are doing the same thing.

7. Ask what expectations they have of you, as far as job responsibilities go. Look at the Job Description. Look at Company Policy. Is there anything in the description that is different from what you are actually performing? Are other people who do the same job as you being treated differently?

8. Besides the EEOC, you can also go to your local Human Rights Division for your state. You'll have to write pages of why you feel you are being discriminated against, to answer some basic questions they ask, and then talk to someone to review your paperwork to see if you have a case.

9. Don't EVER lose your cool, no matter how upset you are. You don't want to give them a reason to fire you.

Hope this helps!
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