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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.
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...
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.
26 Dec 2019
Workers aged 65 and over are likely to account for at least half of all UK employment growth in the...
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...
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
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...
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.
7 Oct 2019
Despite more older people having to work for longer, age discrimination is still very much a factor in UK employment