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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Women lose legal challenge against hike in state pension age

3 Oct 2019

The manner in which the government increased women’s state pension age was not discriminatory, a judicial review has found, rather...

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Oxford University retirement policy facing fresh challenge

13 Sep 2019

A second Oxford University professor this year is challenging the institution over its retirement policy...

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Legal challenge in pipeline over teachers and doctors’ pensions

29 Aug 2019

Teachers and doctors who have been moved on to less beneficial pension schemes have grounds for a legal challenge to ensure they don't lose out

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Government admits defeat in police pensions legal battle

2 Aug 2019

The government has conceded defeat over its attempt to alter police pensions, acknowledging that moving police officers to new police pension schemes, based on their age, is discriminatory.

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Landmark public sector pension ruling confirmed

28 Jun 2019

A landmark ruling that pension reforms discriminated against younger workers has been confirmed - with huge ramifications for the public sector

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Oxford University’s retirement age not discriminatory, tribunal finds

23 May 2019

A former Oxford University academic who was forced to retire at 67 has lost his claim for unfair dismissal and...

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City law partner suing for age discrimination

1 Apr 2019

A partner at a City law firm has issued a High Court action claiming that his firm consistently pushed older...

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88-year-old woman wins age discrimination case at tribunal

8 Feb 2019

An employment tribunal ruled this week that the dismissal of an 88-year-old medical secretary was unfair, and “tainted by discrimination”....

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Dutchman Emile Ratelband cannot legally “change his age”

3 Dec 2018

The Dutchman who was attempting to change his age has lost his legal battle in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Emile Ratelband,...

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88-year-old NHS worker sues for age discrimination

26 Nov 2018

An 88-year-old secretary is suing the NHS for age discrimination after she was dismissed from her post at the Royal...

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Age discrimination is ‘holding workers back’

10 Sep 2018

Almost half of workers believe their age would hold them back when applying for a job – and nearly one...

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Business must improve support for over-50s workforce, finds study

13 Aug 2018

More than half of over-50s feel unsupported at work although millions of employees are planning to work longer than they...

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How employers can support the growing band of older workers

26 Jul 2018

More and more over-50s are staying in work past state pension age. Camille Renaudon from Hibberts Solicitors looks at practical...

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10 ways of improving employee inclusion at your organisation

25 Jul 2018

Inclusion is essential for high performance but too many organisations only pay it lip service, writes Lee Russell of learning...

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