Age discrimination still rife in UK workplaces

Age discrimination is still “rife” in the UK workplace, as employees are being pressured into early retirement, new research as found.

A survey conducted by insurance giant Axa found that three out of five people stopped work before the legal retirement age of 65.

While many of the 300 respondents retired by choice, one in five said they experienced pressure from their employer.

Half of respondents said they expected to work in retirement.

Steve Folkard, head of pensions and savings policy at Axa, said: “Despite legislation making it unlawful to discriminate against workers on the grounds of age, our study clearly shows that some employees are still being coerced into early retirement, meaning employers could be leaving themselves dangerously exposed to litigation.”

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