The Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines has urged workers to report those companies that violate the Anti-Age Discrimination law.

Employers in the Philippines are banned from setting age limits in job adverts or from requiring applicants to disclose their age or date of birth. Similarly, an employee cannot be denied  or training, or required to retire early, due to their age.

It is clearly stated in the law that age discrimination in workplaces is prohibited. Even labor organizations are not allowed to refuse or deny membership of any worker due to age limitations,” he said in a statement. The law, however, exempts employers from setting age limitation in employment if age is a legitimate occupational qualification that is reasonably necessary for the normal operation of a business
— Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) program and policy division chief Nicanor Bon

Bon said workers and job applicants should report non-compliant companies. Bon encouraged any workers who felt they have been discriminated due to their age to report their case to the nearest regional or provincial offices of the labor department.

Sanctions for age discrimination in the Philippines are harsh. A finding may lead to a fine of at least P50,000 and up to P500,000. Imprisonment of at least 3 months and up to 2 years can also be imposed.

For more on international age discrimination, see our international section.

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