Then, it happened.
No matter that 50 is the new 40 and 60 is the new 50, the phenomenon of getting older overtook us. We didn't expect it. We didn't like it.
In some social circles we became invisible: People at parties didn't make eye contact or pull us into conversations. The tension about our age reared its head in professional situations. American capitalism tends to be youth-centric.
Totally confused, much like we were when we graduated from college, some of us did a bit of time-travel. Predictably, I realize now, it was to that same group of college classmates who were there to help us accomplish those brutal rites of passage in the early 1970s. Those ranged from landing good jobs to maintaining an adult persona at all times.
Mistake. Big time. The world had changed. We had changed. Those members of the Class of 1967 from Seton Hill, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had changed. We were not good for each other. In fact, we were probably and remain bad for each other.
Challenges in the present require up-to-date perspectives, tools and the ability to understand who we now are. The experience of reaching back was so unsettling that it could result in my filing a lawsuit for public nuisance. Here is my e-book on public nuisance Download Publicnuisancevoodoo. And the litigation could be a class-action one.
From Ellen Pao's gender-bias lawsuit - "Pao v. Kleiner" - everyone from plain-vanilla justice-seekers to Third-Wave Feminists - learned one tough lesson: Don't go in there alone. To do so, as Pao had, opened her to the defense's attacks on her character.
If the case, which she lost, is appealed, there could also be allowed attacks on her motivation, which the defendant assessed as financial distress in her household. Wisely, Tina Huang, who is suing Twitter also for gender discrimination, is attempting to have the lawsuit certified as class-action.
Usually, if we sense that we have been treated in a way that breaks the law, we can assume we are not alone. It's smart to have our lawyers troll for other alleged victims. There is not only strength in numbers. There is safety.
I had been in the class action lawsuit against WorldCom. Also, I had covered the Rhode Island class action lawsuit contending lead paint had constituted a public nuisance. Here is the ruling from the RI Supreme Court Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc.
No, going the class action route is not easy. And, the U.S. Supreme Court tossed "Dukes v. Wal-Mart." But it is one option in seeking a remedy.
Meanwhile, we Baby Boomers have to stick with the now to ferret out fresh mindsets to put together a satisfying personal life and meaningful paid work.