When clients hire freelancers, they are hiring them for their expertise. I wonder why sometimes, there are some who are age-centric - who wouldn't want to hire freelancers who are way too old for their requirements. Like, there was this woman who was declined a freelance project just because she is in her 60's and her age is the very reason why she got turned down. Is there like an age limit when you're freelancing online?

asked May 24 '11 at 08:25


Marissa Sayno

The US Equal Opportunity Commission has drafted The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 - where it protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. You can read more facts about this act here.

Though this is properly observed during the hiring process of an employee or in-house staff, I think that there are cases of negligence-- which is greater if a company/client is hiring remote workers. There have always been a prejudice on old age, much like when someone ditches an old stuff for a new one. Age discrimination may be more than just psychological; perhaps, it's biological as well, where we tend to associate weakness and the likes with age.

I don't think there is an age limit in freelancing--unless you volunteer to retire. Besides, being a freelancer means you're also self-employed or you are your own boss and it's entirely independent of age.


answered Jun 30 '11 at 19:49


Freelance Qs

Thanks for sharing that link.. I think that you can't really blame some businesses/clients to discriminate you because of age. I'm glad that freelancing has given me more opportunities than I would in the real world. I guess, you can always go for the adage that 'if someone closes the door on your face, you can always come in through the window' - of opportunity, that is. Happy 4th, by the way!

(Jul 05 '11 at 03:52) Marissa Sayno msayno

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