Report age discrimination in workplace -- DOLE

from June 22, 2018 01:00 am to June 22, 2018 01:00 am


The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) encouraged workers to report companies who violate the Anti-Age Discrimination law.


Nicanor Bon, program and policy division chief of the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) said the law prohibits employers to set age limitations in advertising job vacancies in media, and in requiring declaration of age or birth date during work application process, as well as deny an employee’s promotion or opportunity for training, and impose 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,” Bon said.


The law, however, exempts employers from setting age limitation in employment if age is a legitimate occupational qualification that is reasonably necessary for the normal operation of a business.


Bon said the public should report non-compliant companies and encouraged workers who were discriminated due to age to report the incidence to the nearest regional or provincial offices of the labor department so they can be assisted in the filing of cases.


DOLE also reminded private establishments that violation of the said law is punishable with a fine of not less than P50,000 and not more than P500,000, or imprisonment of not less than 3 months and not more than 2 years.


“Should the court find a company guilty of the offense, it may be fined of P50,000 – P500,000 or its officials meted three months to two years imprisonment. They should be knowledgeable of the law because it clearly states that age discrimination and constraining the promotion of an employee solely basing on their age is strictly prohibited,” Bon added.


#Paul Ang