I am a well-regarded entertainer. Recently I was hired to play music at a large corporate venue in which they obviously cater to the YOUNG.
I have an agent who represents me...he is older as well (over 60) and is also a highly regarded entertainer. He was told by the corporate boss that he didn't think that ''grandpas'' could do the job. Then I showed up. 50 years oldChinese and a woman ...still a solid entertainer. I was fired and not given a reason, and replaced by a 20 something year old entertainer. I was told that I ''wasn't right for the room,'' although the audience loved me.
It is the corporate bosses' opinion that he only wants YOUNG people to entertain in the room even though the last 6 entertainers that were booked in the room were well-seasoned and well-regarded entertainers(but all over 55). There have been many comments by bosses and staff about ''grandpas'' and old farts and such. Is this considered discrimination? I assume it is a yes, but do we have any recourse as self-employed entertainers? I myself believe that I was let go not only because of age, but because of ethnicity and gender. ( I am a woman ) The entertainment venue was SPECIFICALLY set up to cater to the young&has only young staff.