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.