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Age Discrimination Advice For Employers

Employment Law Advice Age Discrimination

How to prevent age discrimination in your business

Age discrimination has been prohibited since 2006 and is now enshrined in the Equality Act 2010.

There are different types of age discrimination in the workplace and it is important to see a specialist age discrimination lawyer if you believe this may be happening in your workplace.

Types of Age Discrimination

  • Direct discrimination or less favourable treatment because of a protected characteristic. Direct age discrimination is the only example of direct discrimination that can be objectively justified – ie if it can be demonstrated to be a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim
  • Indirect discrimination where a provision, criterion or practice particularly disadvantages a group and the individual concerned. This is unlawful whether or not it is intentional
  • Harassment or unwanted conduct that violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment – it is unlawful whether or not it is intentional and need not be targeted at an individual
  • Victimisation where someone is treated detrimentally because they have made or intend to make a complaint or allegation. Also where they give or intend to give evidence in relation to a complaint of age discrimination at work

How we help employers prevent age discrimination at work

Our specialist solicitors advise on best practice with regards to age discrimination law. This includes equality and diversity policies, retirement policies and advising on whether you can justify a fixed retirement age.

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