Thu, 24 Oct 2002 12:49 AEDT

Age and disability dominate discrimination complaints

The most common complaints handled by Tasmania's Anti Discrimination Commission concern age and disability discrimination.

The Commission's Annual Report shows allegations of discrimination against disabled people have almost doubled in the past financial year.

The Anti Discrimination Commissioner, Jocelynne Scutt says more than 60 per cent of the 230 complaints lodged relate to allegations of discrimination in the workplace.

"Some of the most interesting ones are in the area of irrelevant criminal record, where people come forward and say I'm being treated as if I will act in a criminal manner I'm employed in x, y and z industry," Ms Scutt said.

"When in fact I've never had a record, but it's a relative of mine, and therefore what my relative has done is being used as a criminal means of keeping me out of a particular job in the paid workforce," she said.