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Older job seekers targeted by Mass. Legislature—

7 June 2012—For Laura Appleton, the unemployment benefits ran out long ago. She now lives on freelance work that pays about one-third of her former six-figure salary as a researcher at the California technology firm, Sun Microsystems.

Though she holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University, she has searched unsuccessfully for full-time work for more than three years, landing countless interviews but never an offer. Appleton, 57, believes employers have balked because of her age.

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