Older and younger Australians experience age discrimination
Everybody wants to feel valued and worthwhile, regardless of how many birthdays they’ve had.
Unfortunately many older – and some younger – Australians 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.
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 another person in a similar situation, because he or she is considered too young or too old.
Examples can include:
- refusing to employee a person 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 Act makes it unlawful to bully or harass someone on the basis of their age.
How we can help
Our team of Australian employment lawyers and industrial relations advocates at Harassment Claims are specialists in discrimination matters.
If you have experienced discrimination on the basis of your age, you may be entitled to compensation, or an apology, or reinstatement if you have been dismissed from employment.
We can represent you in the Human Rights Commission, the Industrial Relations Commission, or the Fair Work Commission, or any other relevant court or tribunal.
We can advocate on your behalf in any conciliation or mediation sessions and advise you of your best options moving forward, to ensure you get the outcome you are looking for.
Make no mistake, we will not give up fighting until we have achieved justice for you.
IMPORTANT: If you have been dismissed from employment because of your age, you only have 21 days from the date of your dismissal to lodge a claim, so don’t delay!