Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW

Forced to resigned by age-related abuse

Conciliation: Age discrimination in employment

Published​​​: 15 November 2016​

A truck driver was subjected to abuse because of his age, and said that nothing was done about it by his employers.

The complainant was a truck driver who is 64 years old. He said that a co-worker continually harassed him, calling him ‘old c---’ and “f---ing old c---‘, and his employer did nothing about it.  He put up with this for around a year before finally deciding to resign a year earlier than planned.  

The employer said that they had not been aware of the alleged conduct until they received the Board’s letter telling them about the man’s complaint. They said that they didn’t get an opportunity to deal with the conduct effectively before the complainant’s resignation.  

The man said that the employer was on notice about the conduct because it had been observed by numerous people, including some supervisors, and nothing was done to chastise the co-worker or prevent further incidents.  He said he told his supervisor why he was resigning and the supervisor made no attempt to dissuade him and accepted his resignation. 

The complaint was resolved when the man accepted a payment of $5,000.00 and a statement of regret in settlement.​

What does the law say about age discrimination?

It is generally against the law in NSW to treat you unfairly or harass you because of your age, or because of the age of any of your relatives, friends, associates or work colleagues.​​

More information on Age discrimination

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