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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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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Age bias risks creation of a ‘forgotten generation’

7 Oct 2019

Despite more older people having to work for longer, age discrimination is still very much a factor in UK employment

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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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