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.


Ousted Oxford professor reinstated and awarded £30k

An Oxford University professor who was forced to leave his job under a retirement age policy is to have his...

DWP employee called ‘racist’ for remarking on Wales’ wet weather

28 May 2020

A former Department for Work and Pensions employee who was found to be a victim of age and race discrimination...

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Injury to feelings: how the employment tribunal awarded £400k

7 Apr 2020

A former Department for Work and Pensions employee recently received almost £400,000 in compensation following age and race discrimination

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Negative stereotypes ‘affect older employees’ perceptions about potential’

19 Mar 2020

There are “far more” negative stereotypes associated with older people in the workplace than positive ones, which are affecting how...

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DWP must pay woman £400,000 after she wins claim for race and age discrimination

25 Feb 2020

The DWP has been ordered to contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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Lawyer rejected because he was ‘expensive’ was discriminated against

13 Feb 2020

The decision to deny an experienced lawyer a job because he was considered...

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Oxford Uni to keep retirement policy and appeal ageism ruling

17 Jan 2020

Institution to stand by policy designed to promote younger academics and will appeal Prof Ewart ruling.

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Citigroup London

Banker was dismissed because of age, tribunal hears

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.

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Six employment law cases that will shape 2020

14 Jan 2020

We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...

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Oxford University's Clarendon Laboratory

Oxford University professor wins unfair dismissal case

2 Jan 2020

An employment tribunal has found that Oxford University acted unlawfully when dismissing 69-year-old Professor Paul Ewart because of his age.

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Over-65s to account for more than half of UK employment growth

26 Dec 2019

Workers aged 65 and over are likely to account for at least half of all UK employment growth in the...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2019

11 Dec 2019

We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...

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Proportion of older workers grows rapidly

10 Dec 2019

The gap between the employment rate of 50 to 64 year olds and under-50s may be at its narrowest in at least 25 years

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89-year-old wins £200,000 in compensation for age discrimination

18 Nov 2019

An 89-year-old former medical secretary who was unfairly dismissed from her post at Royal Berkshire Hospital has won £200,000 in...

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Youngest and oldest regions of UK revealed in new research

28 Oct 2019

A new analysis takes a regional view of age and could well inform companies' recruitment and location decisions in years to come.

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