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Firms denying employment due to old age face raps Baldoz

from May 6, 2014 04:00 pm to May 6, 2014 04:00 pm

Written by  Tribune Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00          

http://www.tribune.net.ph/metro-section/firms-denying-employment-due-to-old-age-face-raps-baldoz

     

Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has warned companies that they may face unfair labor practices charges if they deny employment to job seekers due to age discrimination.

 

With this, she urged those who have been victims of such discriminatory practice to file legal actions.

 

“They have to prove that they are qualified but the reason they were not accepted clearly was because of age discrimination,” Baldoz said.

 

She issued the statement amid the online petition launched recently by a non-government organization (NGO) for the passage of a law banning age discrimination in workplace.

 

“For jobs that do not have specific age requirements but older applicants were denied, that is clearly questionable,” she said.

 

However, she noted that there are jobs that only require a particular age range.

 

“If that (age range) is for that nature of work, the employers can actually justify why they are setting an age limit for applicants,” Baldoz explained.

 

On May 1, the Blas Ople Policy Center launched a petition via www.change.org urging labor groups and individual workers to sign and join in the campaign against age discrimination at work.

 

“Where else can you find a work environment that considers 31 (years old) and above as being too old and less desirable for hiring purposes? Age discrimination in the Philippines has become too blatant and prevalent,” the group said.

 

They added that a law is necessary as recommended by the International Labor Organization (ILO) Older Workers Recommendation 1980 (No. 162), which calls on each member-state to take measures to prevent discrimination in employment and occupations with regards to older workers. PNA