Age discrimination for job seekers are common practice in different companies in the Philippines so Senator Pia Cayetano wanted to end the job age discrimination. If the bill will be successful companies would no longer be able to impose age requirements on applicants.
Although the Philippines unemployment rate is currently soaring, the Senate Bill 29 seeks to end what Senator Cayetano calls “age discrimination” by penalizing employers, labor contractors, and other organizations that will discriminate against an individual on the basis of his or her age.
According to the daughter of former prominent Senator Rene Cayetano, Pia, her bill or the proposed Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 2013 adheres to the constitutional mandate of equal employment opportunities for all.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Senator Cayetano showed a newspaper with a job advertisement that specifies qualified applicants as only those aged between 20 and 29 years old. The Senatore stressed that the age should not be a factor in (–foul word(s) removed–)sing one’s qualification for a job.
The measures prohibits employers from publishing ads suggesting age preferences, requiring applicants to declare their age, declining application based on age, and laying off old employees. If the Senate Bill will p(–foul word(s) removed–)ed as a law, violators will face a fine of between P50,000 and P500,000 or imprisonment for 3 months to 2 years.