Trend, Personal Stories Point To Age Bias In Science Jobs

BOUGHT OUT: Eileen Gorman lost her senior scientist position with DuPont when Dade International (now Dade Behring) purchased her research unit. She now runs her own consulting business. In retrospect, Eileen G. Gorman should have known. However, she had every reason not to worry. A chemist, she had survived constant restructuring--characterized by multiple name changes of her department--during her nearly 15 years with the Glasgow, Del.-based in vitro diagnostics unit of E.I. DuPont de Nemo

Paul Smaglik
Apr 26, 1998

BOUGHT OUT: Eileen Gorman lost her senior scientist position with DuPont when Dade International (now Dade Behring) purchased her research unit. She now runs her own consulting business.
In retrospect, Eileen G. Gorman should have known. However, she had every reason not to worry. A chemist, she had survived constant restructuring--characterized by multiple name changes of her department--during her nearly 15 years with the Glasgow, Del.-based in vitro diagnostics unit of E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. She even managed to hold onto her position as a group leader and senior research associate when Dade International Inc.(now Dade Behring Inc.) purchased the research unit from DuPont in May of 1996. Then, less than a year later, in January 1997, a downsizing left her unemployed at 46.

A recently released study from the National Science Foundation (NSF) suggests that Gorman's experience is more than an anomaly. The report, "Who Is Unemployed?...

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