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Age discrimination in the Czech Republic

by on September 11, 2015

I don’t recall us covering an age at work related story in the Czech Republic before but this article in the Prague Daily Monitor (an English language Czech news website) reports a survey on perceptions of age discrimination which has apparently overtaken gender discrimination in terms of being seen as a problem. 34% of Czechs say they have encountered age discrimination when looking for a job or ‘right at work’. I’m not sure exactly what the latter means, perhaps when seeking to enforce an employment right within an organization.

It seems that employer companies are particularly wary of a combination of older age and poor health status. The piece quotes Zuzana Lincova, director of Profesia.cz as saying: “The companies are afraid not only of the worsening health condition of its old employees, but also of possible health limitations and complications among the people who had undergone a serious disease in the past“. I wonder if this is a particuar outcome of the political history of the country in the second half of the 20th century – could this account for lower levels of health amongst the population or at least to perceptions about it?

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