Job seeker claims age knock-back

Last updated 05:00 11/02/2014

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A Timaru man one year off receiving superannuation is taking Alpine Energy to the Human Rights Review Tribunal for age discrimination after he was not given a job.

A pre-hearing was held in Timaru yesterday by the tribunal before chairman Roger Haines and members Ken Shirley and Deborah Hart to discuss disclosure of documents relevant to the case, with a hearing likely to be held in June.

Kevin Waters, 64, has taken his grievance to the commission after he unsuccessfully applied for two positions last year, one as an electrical engineer and the other as a maintenance engineer.

He had previously worked in similar roles for Alpine Energy for 35 years and believes he was knocked back because of his age.

He has requested to see the CVs and interview notes relating to the other candidates, believing the jobs went to younger people, with less experience and qualifications.

Alpine Energy's lawyer, Simon Graham, said the company should protect the interests of the applicants, however Mr Waters has said he would not disclose the information publicly.

Mr Waters has also sought information on a third job advertised which had slightly altered criteria.

"They changed the title so they could give the job to someone else. I think I was well qualified for the positions."

Tribunal chair Mr Haines asked Mr Waters if he sought the documents to see if there were "reasons other than those given for you not getting the position".

The decision was reserved on whether Mr Waters can access the other applicants' job application material. The decision will be released before the hearing in June.

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- The Timaru Herald

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