Belgium - Age-related discrimination at the workplace - September 30, 2016

The Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (Unia) is reporting an increasing number of files following claims of age-related discrimination. Over the first eight months of 2016, Unia opened 74 files following reports of aged-based discrimination circumstances. This figure is an increase of 60% across the whole of 2015. Amongst these files, nearly six out of ten relate to people over 45 years. The director of Unia laments that age-related discrimination cases are rarely taken seriously and that taking into account that the ageing population is a reality in Europe, this growing proportion of the population faces a significant risk of discrimination in the workplace. To counter age-related prejudices, the institution has launched an awareness-raising campaign specifically targeting key employment players, trade union organisations, the sectors linked to the over 50s persons and the youth.

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