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

See all articles by Patricia L. Easteal

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Channy Cheung

University of Canberra

Susan Priest

University of Canberra - Division of Business, Law and Information Sciences

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Patricia L. and Cheung, Channy and Priest, Susan, Too Many Candles on the Birthday Cake: Age Discrimination, Work and the Law (2007). QUT Journal of Law and Justice, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 93-107 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1432301

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Channy Cheung

University of Canberra ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Susan Priest

University of Canberra - Division of Business, Law and Information Sciences ( email )

Australia

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