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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.
28 Jan 2021
Law firm Slater and Gordon says some redundancy selection processes are unfair and employers are unlawfully making decisions based on protected characteristics.
14 Jan 2021
A young, mainly female team influenced a hiring decision concerning a 50-year-old man, leading to his successful claim for age and sex discrimination.
21 Dec 2020
The founder of diversity recruiter Rare has called on the government to replace the current style of unconscious bias training...
17 Dec 2020
From the leaking of personal data to homophobia and the gig economy, we highlight seven noteworthy cases from 2020 that employers should know about.
14 Dec 2020
A 59-year-old woman has won a £64,000 pay-out after she was dismissed, with the judge declaring that ageism is worse for women than men.
13 Oct 2020
An Oxford University professor who was forced to leave his job under a retirement age policy is to have his...
28 May 2020
A former Department for Work and Pensions employee who was found to be a victim of age and race discrimination...
7 Apr 2020
A former Department for Work and Pensions employee recently received almost £400,000 in compensation following age and race discrimination
19 Mar 2020
There are “far more” negative stereotypes associated with older people in the workplace than positive ones, which are affecting how...
25 Feb 2020
The DWP has been ordered to contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
13 Feb 2020
The decision to deny an experienced lawyer a job because he was considered...
17 Jan 2020
Institution to stand by policy designed to promote younger academics and will appeal Prof Ewart ruling.
16 Jan 2020
A 55-year-old Citigroup banker who was told “you are old and set in your ways” won his case at employment tribunal earlier this month, pending appeal.
14 Jan 2020
We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...