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Equal opportunity
legislation eyed

Former Sen. Richard Gordon said in a press release yesterday that he seeks to stop the discrimination against Filipino job seekers who are over-aged, poor or not pleasant-looking.

Gordon, who is again running for senator, plans to create an equal opportunity law which aims to ensure that a Filipino job seeker’s application will not be turned down outright just because he is over-aged, poor, or not good looking enough, the press release said.

Employers should choose employees based on their ability, morals and education, Gordon said.

Currently, the age requirement for vacant positions in the country is usually 30 years old and below, the press release said.

People who lose their jobs and are already more than 30 years of age find it hard, if not impossible, to secure another employment, it added.

Discrimination is a problem, too, for people who do not have a “pleasing personality,” a veiled term for not good-looking, the press release said.

Job seekers who are not graduates of the country’s top schools, also have difficulty in getting jobs, it also said.*

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