should not accept unfair treatment or harassment
directed at you because of your age. Harassment
can also be a type of age discrimination. It can
take any form of behaviour that is not wanted which
humiliates, offends or intimidates you.
law in New South Wales provides wide protection
to you against unfair treatment or harassment on
age of any of your relatives, work colleagues
or people you associate with
the Commonwealth Age Discrimination Act 2004 it
is unlawful to discriminate against someone on the
ground of age in areas including:
can include people working in part-time and temporary
determining who should be offered employment
or the conditions of employment, it is not only
the employer, but also anyone acting on behalf
of the employer, who must be careful not to
discriminate against a person on the question
to opportunities for promotion, transfer or
training must be available to all in the workplace
and not denied to anyone on the ground of age.
agencies have a special exemption which means
it may not be unlawful if they discriminate
against a person on the ground of age if the
person is unable to carry out the necessary
requirement of the work he or she wants to do
because of age.
authorities may be in breach of the terms of the
Act if they discriminate against a person for reason
of age by:
to accept the person’s application for
the student, or
access to benefits provided by the authorities.
Access to premises
doesn’t matter whether payment is involved
or not for a breach to occur if someone is discriminated
against by reason of their age when it comes to
being allowed access to, or use of premises that
are used by the public generally or just a section
of the public. This would also apply if the person
was required to leave premises or to cease using
of goods, services and facilities
under the Act also applies to goods and services
being provided to a person without age being an
issue. This may amount to unlawful conduct irrespective
of whether payment was involved or not.
is important to note that the liability of persons
involved in unlawful act of age discrimination extends
person who causes, instructs, induces, aids
or permits another person in the illegal conduct.
discrimination does not include discrimination on
the grounds of a disability.
If you feel you may need our help in any of these
areas do not hesitate to contact us for advice on
the merits of your claim. You have the legal right
to take action in situations which are directed
at your age or the age of a relative or associate.
limits do apply and start running from the date
of the act of discrimination. It is difficult to
obtain approval to lodge a claim outside the statutory
time limits so prompt action is required in pursuing
your legal rights.