Everybody wants to feel valued and worthwhile, regardless of how many birthdays they’ve had.
Unfortunately many older Australians, and some younger, experience discrimination in the workplace because of their age.
Some employers believe that older people are not suitable for work and have a ‘use by date’ on their skills, while young workers are sometimes considered inexperienced or unreliable.
Stereotypes about young and older Australians are the major factor behind age discrimination.
We should all be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else, regardless of our age – whether we are young, old, or somewhere in between.
What Is Age Discrimination?
Age discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably, or not given the same opportunities as others in a similar situation, because he or she is considered too young or too old.
Examples can include:
- refusing to employee certain people because they won’t ‘fit in’ with other workmates because of their age
- refusing to employ young workers because of fears that they will soon move on to another job
- advertising a job for someone ‘under 30’ to join a ‘dynamic, young team’
- forcing someone to retire because of their age
- harassing or bullying a person because of their age
The Age Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age. It applies to both older and young workers.
In addition the Age Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to bully or harass someone on the basis of their age.
How we can help
If you have experienced discrimination on the basis of your age, you may be entitled to compensation or reinstatement if you have been dismissed from employment.
Our team of employment lawyers and industrial advocates at Discrimination Claims can represent you in the Anti-Discrimination Commission, Human Rights Commission or Fair Work Commission, and can assist you with claims for compensation.