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Age discrimination happens to both older and younger Australians

Age Discrimination happens to both old and young workers.

Everybody wants to feel valued, regardless of how many birthdays they’ve had.

Unfortunately many older (and some younger) Australians experience discrimination based on their age, or perceived age.

Some employers mistakenly believe older people are not suitable for work or have a ‘use by date’ on their skills.

Many employers consider young workers to be unreliable or inexperienced.

Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else, regardless of age.


What is age discrimination?

Discrimination based on age happens when someone is treated less favourably as another person in a similar situation, because they are considered too young or old.

Examples can include:

  • refusing to employee a person because they won’t ‘fit in’ with colleagues because of their age
  • refusing to employ young workers because of fears that they will 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 Law

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 employment lawyers and industrial advocates are specialists in fighting claims for discrimination based on age.

Workers who experience discrimination based on age are often entitled to compensation, or an apology.

Furthermore, reinstatement is also possible if the discrimination involves dismissal from employment.

We represent our clients in the Human Rights Commission, or any other relevant commission or tribunal.

We advise our clients of their best options moving forward to ensure they get the outcome they are looking for.

Make no mistake, we will not give up fighting until we have achieved justice for you. 

Please call our team today on 1800 437 825.

IMPORTANT:  If you are dismissed from employment because of age, you have just 21 days from the date of your dismissal to make a claim.

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