Age discrimination should be prohibited – DIWA Party-list

Democratic Independent Workers’ Association Partylist Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar denounced the current practice of employers who refuse to hire any person or discriminate against individuals in respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the person’s age.

“It should be unlawful for any person to sort, segregate and limit employees based on their age. Access to employment opportunities and promotion should be based on meritocracy,” Aglipay-Villar said.

Aglipay-Villar said the prohibition should extend to employment agencies and vowed to make illegal the printing or publication of notice or advertisement indicating any preference, limitation based on age.

“At this stage, Section 3 of the Labor Code only mentions of equal work opportunities regardless of sex, race or creed. It is important that age be included. No one deserves to be discriminated because they are perceived ‘too young’ or ‘too old’,” she added.

“The rights of our workers should be protected throughout the whole employment process – from hiring to termination. Adequate remedies must be provided to ensure that discrimination is prevented and that security of tenure is advanced,” she said.

Aglipay-Villar, who is also the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Human Rights, also proposed the inclusion of additional safeguards in current laws to ensure that contractualization is prevented and penalized.