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DOLE urges public to report age discrimination in workplace

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Age discrimination has no place in the workplace, and should be reported soonest to the Department of Labor and Employment.

The DOLE’s Bureau of Working Conditions said the Anti-Age Discrimination Law bars firms from setting age limitations in advertising job vacancies.

It also prohibits the requiring of prospective workers to declare their age or birth date during the work application process, it said.

Also, it said the law bars employers from denying an employee’s promotion or opportunity for training, and imposing early retirement due to their age.

“It is clearly stated in the law that age discrimination in workplaces is prohibited. Even labor organizations are not allowed to refuse or deny membership of any worker due to age limitations,” BWC program and policy division chief Nicanor Bon said.

But Bon clarified the law exempts employers from setting age limitation in employment if age is a legitimate occupational qualification “reasonably necessary for the normal operation of a business.”

He urged the public to report companies violating this law.

Bon also urged workers who were discriminated due to age to report the incidence to the nearest regional or provincial offices of the DOLE.

On the other hand, the DOLE reminded private establishments that violation of the law is punishable with a fine of up to P500,000, or imprisonment up to two years.