Too many candles on the birthday cake: Age discrimination, work, and the law

Patricia Easteal, Channy Hui Tung Cheung, Susan Priest

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The paper describes the rippling effect of ageism in the workplace: its incidence, identification, how it is reported and the problems associated with proving age discrimination. These issues are discussed through an analysis of relevant federal court, state and territory tribunal cases, including 22 age employment complaints handled by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Human Rights Office between 2001 to 2005. We conclude that the Age Discrimination Act (ADA) and also the equivalent State and Territory legislation are hampered by serious construction faults and application difficulties for those who are discriminated against
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-107
Number of pages15
JournalQUT Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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