• The Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The measure was sponsored by Senator Pia Cayetano
  • Senator Cayetano said age discrimination is one of the biggest barriers to employment in the country

The Senate approved on third and final reading Senate Bill number 29 or the proposed Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Pia Cayetano, seeks to eliminate age discrimination in employment by prohibiting and penalizing any employer, labor contractor, and labor organization that will discriminate against any individual because of his or her age.

In a press release, Senator Pia Cayetano said “the measure prohibited employers from printing or publishing in any form of media, including the internet, any notice or advertisement suggesting preferences, limitations, specifications and discrimination based on age.”

The lady senator noted that the age discrimination is among the biggest barriers to employment in this country and that there is no law to prohibit it.

“There is none in our Labor Code, and until recently, it was not even on the policy radar screen of the Department of Labor and Employment. To be discriminated against due to a natural and unstoppable process of ageing is to impose another glass ceiling that is even more difficult to break than that of gender,” she said.

Employers who will violate will be fined not less than P20,000 but not more than P200,000 or be imprisoned for not less than three months but not more than two years, or both at the discretion of the court.