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You may have been discriminated against because of your age if someone has treated or proposes to treat you less favourably than another person in the same circumstances because of your age or characteristics associated with your age. Such treatment is illegal under the Age Discrimination Act. Age discrimination often takes place in the workplace but can also occur in other areas of public life such as education, accommodation and the provision of goods and services.
For example, in a recent case an employee was celebrating his birthday at an office morning tea and the employee's supervisor asked "So, I guess you'll be retiring soon?" and later said to the employee, "Well, you've made it well past retirement age now!" A short time later the employee's job was advertised in the weekend paper and the employee was told by the supervisor: "You can apply for the job if you like." We were able to assist the employee to claim damages for the conduct of the supervisor.