Australia: no exemption of Age Discrimination Act for cruise line

Australia’s largest pleasure cruise company, Carnival Australia, a subsidiary of global Carnival Corp., demands that young adults aged 18 to 21 are accompanied by a parent or guardian if they book one of a range of South Pacific cruises from Australian ports from November through January. The policy aims to exclude large groups of students who celebrate the end of the school or college year usually by excessive drinking.A rejected passenger lodged an age discrimination complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission which Carnival responded by asking for an exemption from its so-called under-21 policy of the Age Discrimination Act.The commission, however, rejected the exemption application as such exemption would undermine the law’s aim of eliminating age discrimination in the provision of goods and services.Source: msnbc; find article here>>.

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