MANILA – A new bill prohibiting discrimination against employees based on age can help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) when they come home, said an expert on labor law.
MANILA – A new bill prohibiting discrimination against employees based on age can help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) when they come home, according to an expert on labor law.
When OFWs come back to the Philippines after working abroad, they may have difficulty finding employment here, so Republic Act 10911, the Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act, can help them rebuild a life here with their families.
“They may no longer be employable by Philippine standards, because employers like to set age standards for their job openings and prefer young people,” said labor lawyer Apollo XCS Sangalang in an interview with ABS-CBN News. “This law actually is good for returning OFWs.”
Meanwhile, the Anti-Age Discrimination law is also a good morale booster for workers, a labor advocate said.
“Ang problema kasi, ads pa lang may discrimination na, may nakalagay na age bracket,” said Wilson Fortaleza, spokesperson of labor group Partido ng Manggagawa, over the phone. With the new law, jobseekers will be motivated to look for jobs because they will be able to sell their skills without fear of being rejected due to age.