Sen. Pia Cayetano seeks to end age discrimination in job hiring, employment

A bill that will prohibit and penalize employers who will decline any application or forcibly lay off a worker on the basis of age and other forms of discrimination has been filed at the Senate.

Senate Bill No. 29, or the “Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 2013,” filed by Senator Pia Cayetano, is anchored on the constitutional provision that mandates the State to ensure equality of employment opportunities for all.

Under the measure, employers from the private sector as well as the national and local government units would be prohibited to:

- Print, publish, or cause the printing or publishing any notice of advertisement relating to employment suggesting preferences, limitations, specifications and discrimination based on age; 
- Require the declaration of age or birth date during the application process; 
- Decline any employment application because of the applicant's age; 
- Discriminate against an individual on account of his or her age in terms of compensation, terms and conditions, privileges, promotions and other opportunities; and 
- Forcibly lay-off an employee because of old age.

Once enacted into law, any person who would violate the measure would be fined not less than P50,000 but not more than P500,000, or imprisoned for not less than three months but not more than two years, or both, at the discretion of the court. 

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