UN accused of ageism

A former Canberra journalist has accused the United Nations of discriminating against job applicants because of their age.

A former Canberra journalist has accused the United Nations of discriminating against job applicants because of their age.

Lyn Drummond, 66, applied for a communications role with the UN's education, scientific and cultural organisation last year, but was told she was ineligible because the cut-off age for job applicants is 57.

The UNESCO Secretariat at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said this was because the UN has a retirement age of 62 and employees have to work a minium of five years to qualify for a UN pension.

Ms Drummond, a former foreign diplomat, has complained to the Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan and Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd.

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