Re the July 20 letter Can’t get hired: The writer states that age discrimination exists in the hiring process. I find this to be true — I’m over 50 and unemployed. However, another real form of hiring discrimination exists, especially in South Florida — language discrimination.
I’m a native Miamian who has lived and worked in the same community my entire life. I have extensive administrative experience working for well-known organizations.
Having been unemployed for more than three years now, I find the biggest barrier to obtaining gainful employment is the fact that I’m not bilingual. Having to speak Spanish has become more of a job requirement than has experience.
While our community leaders work to lure South American countries to do business in South Florida, I’m going to be forced to leave my beloved hometown in hopes of finding employment in a less discriminating area.
Sharon Fried, Miami