Report Details New Guidelines On Age Discrimination

New Brunswick’s commission on human rights issued a new report Friday outlining the protections provided in the Human Rights Act against age-based discrimination.

The document, titled “Guideline on Age Discrimination,” emphasizes that age-discriminatory practices and policies in employment, housing and services are often overlooked or hidden.

A news release adds that ageism or age stereotyping in social attitudes and institutional practices often leads to discriminatory treatment of vulnerable groups.

Claire Roussel-Sullivan, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, said with a growing population, employers and providers must embrace core human rights values and principles.

“By eliminating age-discriminatory practices and attitudes, we will move closer to the vision of a rights-friendly, equal and inclusive society,” she said.

The 65-page guideline also explains the concept of age-based discrimination, summarizing up-to-date human rights case law and describing best practices to prevent such discrimination.

Roussel-Sullivan urged employers and housing and service providers to implement human rights practices to ensure people do not face barriers and are treated with respect, dignity and inclusion.

More information about the act and the commission’s publications is available by emailing the commission or visiting the commission’s website.

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