Too Many Candles on the Birthday Cake: Age Discrimination, Work and the Law
QUT Journal of Law and Justice, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 93-107
15 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2009 Last revised: 5 Dec 2012
Date Written: 2007
The paper describes the rippling effect of ageism in the workplace: its incidence, identification, how it is reported and the problems associated with proving age discrimination. These issues are discussed through an analysis of relevant federal court and state and territory tribunal cases, including 22 age employment complaints handled by the ACT Human Rights Office between 2001 to 2005. We conclude that the ADA and also the equivalent state and territory legislation are hampered by serious construction faults and application difficulties for those who are discriminated against.
Keywords: ageism, age, discrimination
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