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Discrimination and Social Inclusion

Our age and not our ability often determines how others behave toward us. Though this can be true for all ages,  negative stereotypes become barriers to many activities particularly for those over 50 years of age, limiting their access to goods, services and employment. Negative stereotypes suggest that people over 50 years of age have a lesser right to  parity in work, education, training, effective medical treatment, recreation and even the enjoyment of life. Many of these stereotypes, the essence of age discrimination, are often unfortunately internalized by people over 50 and as a consequence, they sometimes exclude themselves from many options and activities. One example is training - even when offered training opportunities that would help them in their occupation, older people  may refuse because "they are now too old to learn".  Greek legislation is in force  that forbids the exclusion of persons over 50 from employment and training but very few employers, employees or trades unionists know the content of this legislation and the rights it offers them (See presentation of the legislation).
People are not just characterized by their age, but are also differentiated by their gender, disability,  religious beliefs, ethnic or racial characteristic, migrant status or sexual orientation; these in combination may create barriers and exclusion in employment. This constitutes multiple discrimination, insufficiently studied and not confronted by the Greek institutions dealing with discrimination.

Discrimination Issues
The law on Discrimination
Social Inclusion
Greek Discrimination Policies
European Discrimination Policies

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