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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UK lags behind in employment of older workers

The UK ranks 19th out of 34 countries in terms of its employment rate of older workers, according to PwC’s...

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Commit to employing a million more older workers, says age champion

23 May 2017

Employers should commit to employing 12% more employees over the age of 50 by 2022, according to Andy Briggs, the...

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Fulfilling work is essential to supporting older workers

3 May 2017

New research from the Centre for Ageing Better says understanding what people want and value from work can help them...

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Firefighters lose pension age discrimination case

16 Feb 2017

Firefighters have lost their claim that the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme was discriminatory.
The first-instance decision was...

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A19 police retirements not age discrimination – Court of Appeal

2 Feb 2017

The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces’ use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than...

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Judges win pension age discrimination claims

17 Jan 2017

An employment tribunal has ruled that the Government discriminated against more than 200 judges when it implemented the transitional provisions...

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Firefighters claim pensions age discrimination

13 Jan 2017

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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