“.. Work And Income has told a 42-year-old mum she’s too old for a job.
Heather Georgeson applied for a factory job through a Work and Income Manurewa work broker – but missed out because of her age, the broker has told her.
“I’ve just followed up the factory vacancy yesterday that I referred you to and unfortunately they wanted someone younger,” the broker wrote in an email to Georgeson.
“Sometimes they want the younger ones so they don’t have to pay as much.”
It is illegal for employers to discriminate on the grounds of age – and this weekend Work and Income head Debbie Power admitted Winz had got it wrong.
“I’m concerned and disappointed about what has happened,” she said.
“We don’t condone discrimination on the basis of age in any circumstances.”
Georgeson, who moved from Christchurch to Auckland after last year’s earthquake – said she couldn’t believe her age had cost her a job.
“I’m only 42 – not retirement age…”
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