Age discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 bans employers from committing direct and indirect age discrimination, harassment and victimisation against individuals because of their age. However, employers can justify direct and indirect age discrimination to achieve a legitimate aim through proportionate means.

To avoid allegations of age discrimination, employers should operate a compulsory retirement age only if it can be justified. For example, employees in some jobs where a high level of fitness or agility is required to undertake the role may be subject to an “employer-justified retirement age” for health and safety reasons.


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Firefighters claim pensions age discrimination

Firefighters have challenged the Government and fire service employers on the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme at an...

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Tribunal Watch: Teacher’s dismissal for showing 18-rated film to pupils

9 Jan 2017

Tribunal Watch returns with a round-up of recent case law reported in the news. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld...

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Top tips on avoiding discrimination when managing older workers

10 Nov 2016

Five years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, employers are still coming to terms with the practical...

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Age discrimination: Two-thirds of older workers feel discriminated against

21 Oct 2016

Almost two-thirds (63%) of 55- to 64-year-olds say that they have felt discriminated against by a prospective employer because of...

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Former law firm partner loses age discrimination tribunal claim

20 Oct 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal against an employment tribunal decision that a regional law firm was...

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No age discrimination against “overqualified” job applicant

10 Oct 2016

An employment tribunal has held that an employer that rejected a job candidate for a marketing role for being overqualified...

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Doctors’ body advises active management of older workers

1 Oct 2016

Timed to coincide with the UK’s older people day on 1 October, a new guide on older workers from the...

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Ten years of tackling age discrimination in the workplace

28 Sep 2016

This weekend marks 10 years since age discrimination legislation was introduced, but how have these obligations influenced how multi-generational workplaces...

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Employing students: six tips for the new term

26 Sep 2016

In university towns and cities around the country, students are settling in for the start of the academic year. As...

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Tribunal claim numbers continue downward trend

8 Sep 2016

The number of employment tribunal claims dropped slightly in the three months to June 2016, continuing the downward trend since...

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Default retirement age: five key trends since it hung up its boots

8 Aug 2016

It’s now five years since employers saw the abolition of the default retirement age. What impact has the removal of...

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How to get it right in the generation game

18 Jul 2016

Managers are too busy making generalisations to tap into the potential of older workers, according to a new policy paper...

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12 Jul 2016

The result of the EU referendum has revealed divisions between different age groups and education levels, with feelings running high...

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National living wage: extra age band encourages discrimination

9 Jun 2016

The national living wage encourages employers to recruit younger workers over older workers to cut costs in breach of age...

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Direct discrimination in the workplace: motive of final decision-maker is key

9 May 2016

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that, in cases involving direct discrimination in the workplace, it is the motive of...

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