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(AJC) — Maybe it’s the look on the interviewer’s face when she first walks in. Or the way a potential employer asks a question. Or doesn’t ask a question. But Darcel Patterson, 58 and without full-time work for nearly two years can list a slew of unspoken reasons why she can’t get a job.

Employers, Patterson believes, fear she’s too old and hasn’t enough stamina. She thinks they assume she might soon retire, or that she’s over-qualified and will jump at the next, better-paying job that comes along.

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