An employer asks a temping agency to only choose applicants under 30 years old for a job; a bank refuses to give a credit card to people over 70 years old; a landlord refuses to rent his apartment out to people under 30 years old; an employee is refused training because they are 'too close to retirement'; etc.
Age is often considered a neutral and justified distinguishing criterion. In reality, 'young people' and 'old people' are regularly discriminated against in employment but also in many other sectors of society, such as access to goods and services (insurance, banking sector, housing, etc.) or participation in social, cultural, economic and political activities.
What does Unia do?
Unia combats age-related discrimination in every field for which it is competent, by:
- advising and supporting discriminated persons;
- establishing reports and studies;
- helping to defend and protect the fundamental rights of elderly persons through European projects;
- providing the authorities concerned with recommendations.
Victim or witness
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More employment discrimination cases reported to Unia in 2017
Last year Unia opened a total of 2,017 cases of situations where people felt they were the subject of discrimination. This represents a 6% increase over 2016 (1,907 cases). Instances of employment discrimination were the most frequently opened cases at Unia.
Age-based discrimination: an underestimated reality
A company was prosecuted for rejecting a 59-year-old man's application because of his age.
If you are 45 years old or older, you are far more likely to be the victim of discrimination on the job market. For instance, a 59-year-old man's application was explicitly rejected because of his age. The labour tribunal of Ghent judged this to be a pure case of age-based discrimination. Unia welcomes the prosecution of a case that is symptomatic of a serious social and generally underestimated problem.
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