There are so many things attached to human lives. And one of them is ageing. From the point that everyone was born, days and years begin to count down to the point of death. The gap between the time of birth and the time of death matters a lot. So many things happen that define humans life.
The age of a person has come to evolve in may aspects. While this evolvement has signified good things in some aspects, in others, it has become a problem.
Part of where it has become a problem is being used as an item of discrimination. Now, the world, and particularly, Australia is faced with age discrimination.
Age Discrimination: What Does It Mean?
Age discrimination is the unequal and unfair treatment of a person solely because of their age. If you notice that you suddenly are denied access to a particular thing despite being qualified for it, it might be due to age discrimination.
Age discrimination can happen anywhere. However, it is more prominent in formal gatherings like a place of work or school.
Particularly, in a place of work, people often complain of unfair treatment of themselves or a colleague due to their age.
This, in every sense, in unacceptable. No matter the colouration of discrimination, it should be fiercely rejected.
Forms of Age Discrimination
Age discrimination often comes in different forms. And as a way of fighting it, you need to know the different forms it could take. This would allow you to recognise it on time and take a coordinated effort to quell it.
Direct Age Discrimination: This is of the situation that many people see every day. It involves being treated unfairly based on your age. This is often obvious to many people. This is because you can always tell that the reason you are not enjoying a particular right is because of your age. This may not involve you alone and may cut across different people in the same age group. It may also be a crop of people from different age groups who are directly discriminated against.
Direct age discrimination may not only be in the workplace. It could be in the least expected place. For instance, a young adult once reported a caser of a situation she encountered while trying to rent her apartment. The owner doubled the price to deter her. This is because the owner believes that people in her age category have a higher tendency of becoming violent and destroying properties. Though it is an assuming assumption, it spews the level others would go to discriminate against others on the grounds of age.
Indirect Age Discrimination: this form of age discrimination is not always visible on first look. But this does not mean it is not present. It often takes the form of policy or other programs that looks legitimate or genuine. This policy or program often allows a particular privilege for some people but makes the attainment of such privilege for an age group difficult.
Harassment: This often occurs when others make you worthless or humiliate you because of your age. More often than not, this is a deliberate, strategic attempt employed by mischievous individuals to achieve a suspicious goal.
For instance, if someone keeps stressing their opinion on how slow elderly people are at picking new information in a gathering of mixed age. This may be considered harassment.
On the other hand, some harass innocently. That is, the harassment is not geared towards achieving a mischievous end, but a function of a stereotypical mindset. Stereotypes, as you know, have a misguided strong-hold on people’s perception and opinion.
Whether done innocently or deliberately, harassment based on age like other forms of discrimination is wrong on all sides.
The difference in Payment: Another form of age discrimination in Australia is paying the younger generation more than the elderly for the same work done. This disparity is a derivative of the ill notion that the elderly are ineffective and should not be regarded as an average worker.
Although as one grows, the body becomes feeble yet, this should not be a basis for denying you your rightfully earned pay. There’s a minimum wage recognised by the law and paying below or without regard for this benchmark is a gross violation.
It is only fair that the same standard pays everyone that delivered on a job assigned to them notwithstanding their age. Besides, this form of discrimination will only revert Australia to the abolished days of first and second class citizens.
Victimisation: Here’s probably the commonest form of age discrimination. Since complaints of age discrimination are likely made by the elderly more than any other age group, they are subject to victimisation.
Thus, it is not uncommon to hear of or witness the elderly treated harshly in the workplace or other social gatherings in reaction to their advocacy against age discrimination.