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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.
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
3 Oct 2019
The manner in which the government increased women’s state pension age was not discriminatory, a judicial review has found, rather...
13 Sep 2019
A second Oxford University professor this year is challenging the institution over its retirement policy...
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
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.
28 Jun 2019
A landmark ruling that pension reforms discriminated against younger workers has been confirmed - with huge ramifications for the public sector
23 May 2019
A former Oxford University academic who was forced to retire at 67 has lost his claim for unfair dismissal and...
1 Apr 2019
A partner at a City law firm has issued a High Court action claiming that his firm consistently pushed older...
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”....