COTA Conference on workplace discrimination – Tuesday May 31

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Increasingly, mature age people are experiencing workplace discrimination and many cannot get a job.  25 per cent of people over the age of 50 have experienced age discrimination and 33 per cent have given up looking for work.

Council on the Ageing (COTA) is holding a conference on Tuesday May 31 in Melbourne: 9.30am – 2.30pm at the IBIS Melbourne Hotel, 15-21 Therry St, Melbourne. Keynote speaker is Marlene Krasovitsky, Director of the Inquiry into Employment Discrimination conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The conference will deal with ways of combatting ageism in the community and ridding workplaces of discriminatory attitudes and practices brought about by negative stereotyping of older people.  Also the barriers to mature age employment – particularly for women in casual and low paid positions and older workers from various ethnic groups who have been made redundant – will be examined.

There is a positive to employing older people: Deloitte Access Economics found with just a five percent increase in participation by over 55s, we should see an extra $48 billion annual boost to the national economy.

See www.cotavic.org.au or phone 1300 13 50 90