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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Age Discrimination

Therese MacDermott, Helen Meenan

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 January 2022

Citizens' rights — Comparative constitutional law — Age limits — Civil and political rights — Collective rights — Right to participate in cultural life — Social security — Discrimination

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Age discrimination is a developing and relatively recent field of law in many jurisdictions. The term broadly refers to the less favourable treatment a person can experience because of their age, as well as the adverse and unreasonable impact that certain practices can have on those of a particular age. Conduct that is discriminatory based on age is usually linked directly or indirectly to a person’s chronological age, that is their age expressed in years, or to their perceived chronological age. While a range of meanings can be attributed to age, encompassing...
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