What is the purpose of the Age Discrimination Act 2004?

What is the purpose of the Age Discrimination Act 2004?

A primary purpose of the Act is to raise awareness that people of all ages have the same fundamental rights to equality before the law regardless of age and to eliminate unlawful age discrimination within our community.

What does the Age Discrimination Act 2004 cover?

The Age Discrimination Act 2004 (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age. The ADA also protects younger and older Australians from discrimination in other areas of public life, including education; getting or using services; or renting or buying a house or unit.

What does the Age Discrimination Act prohibit?

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are both over 40.

What are the 3 major objectives of the Disability discrimination Act of 1992?

It has three objectives, which in summary are: to eliminate ‘as far as possible’ discrimination on the ground of disability. to ensure ‘as far as practicable’ equality before the law for people with disabilities.

What are acts of discrimination?

The laws enforced by EEOC makes it unlawful for Federal agencies to discriminate against employees and job applicants on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age. See EEOC guidance on equal pay and compensation discrimination. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

Why is the age discrimination Act important?

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 is an important bill, seeking to protect those who are age 40 and older from workplace discrimination. Specifically, it prevents employers from making decisions to hire, fire, or promote employees based on their age.

What are some examples of age discrimination?

Workplace Rights: Six Examples of Age Discrimination

  • Disproportionate Hiring of Younger Employees.
  • Little Opportunity for Advancement for Older Workers.
  • The Targeting of Older Workers in Layoffs/Staff Reductions.
  • Isolation of Older Employees.
  • Age-Based Workplace Harassment.
  • Unfair or Unreasonable Disciplinary Action.

How does the law protect you from age discrimination?

While the Equality Act 2010 protects you from age discrimination at work or when applying for a job, there is an exception in the law which applies to age discrimination only. An employer can make a decision based on someone’s age if they can show that it is objectively justified and proportionate.

What actions constitute age discrimination?


  • colour
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • physical or mental disability
  • marital status
  • family or carer’s responsibilities
  • pregnancy
  • religion
  • When do I need to start worrying about age discrimination?

    When do I need to start worrying about age discrimination? A lot of people start to worry about age discrimination around the age of 40, because in the United States it is illegal to discriminate against someone in employment based on their age – as long as they are forty years old or older.

    Does the law protect me from age discrimination?

    The Equality Act is a law which protects you from discrimination. It means that discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of certain personal characteristics, such as age, is now against the law in almost all cases. The Equality Act applies to discrimination based on: Age; Race; Sex; Gender reassignment; Disability; Religion or belief; Sexual orientation