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.


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

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

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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Age discrimination still rife as businesses fail to plan for ageing workforce

17 Jul 2018

Organisations in the UK are ignoring issues caused by the growing...

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Leigh Day: the law firm taking on the giants over equal pay

12 Mar 2018

Leigh Day has represented thousands of workers in employment claims they might not otherwise have been able to fight. But...

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Better support for older workers could be a major boost to economy

20 Feb 2018

Supporting older workers to stay in good-quality employment could unlock huge economic potential, according to...

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Changes to judges’ pension scheme found to be discriminatory at EAT

31 Jan 2018

A group of judges have won their Employment Appeal Tribunal case, which found that transitional arrangements to a new public...

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Sickness absence: plan now for the ageing workforce

29 Nov 2017

Employers need to plan for an ageing workforce where absences will be longer and employees may need to change their...

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Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

9 Oct 2017

An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a...

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Gender pay gaps and parental leave

Pay gaps need to tackle ethnicity and disability as well as gender, urges EHRC

15 Aug 2017

All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working and fathers should receive ‘use it or lose it’ parental...

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Managing workers with terminal illness: a guide

4 Jul 2017

With growing numbers of employees set to work into older age, managing those with terminal illness will be a priority...

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