This summary of age discrimination law in Guatemala has been prepared by Bonilla, Montano Toriello & Barrios: www.bonilla.com.gt

Overview

In Guatemala, the main law on the protection of children is the “Law of Integral Protection of Children and Youths” (Ley de Protección Integral de la Niñez y Adolescencia - Decreto No. 27-2003).

For older people, it is the “Law of Protection of Old Aged People (Ley de Protección para las Personas de Tercera Edad - Decreto No. 80-96).

The law dealing with age discrimination in the workplace is the “Regulation of Labor Protection of Children and Youths that Work”  (Protección Laboral de la Niñez y Adolescencia Trabajadora - Acuerdo Gubernativo 112-2006).

In Guatemala, discrimination is sanctioned by the law.  The Article 202 bis of the Criminal Law states that discrimination will be understood as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on gender, race, ethnic group, language, age, religion, financial resources, sickness, disability, marital status…  The sanction will be of one to three years of prison and a fee of five hundred to three thousand quetzals…”