Age Discrimination. Are you operating illegally?


In recent weeks a former bar manager has been awarded almost £15,000 in compensation for age discrimination and unfair dismissal. The Carlisle Employment Tribunal found that Ronald Davidson was unlawfully sacked three weeks after his 60th birthday.

Davidson worked for the Globe Tavern in the Cumbrian town of Longtown for more than six years, but was then humiliated, made to do menial tasks and not given free uniforms handed out to younger staff, before being dismissed in June 2007.

According to the local paper the News and Star, tribunal awarded him £14,695, including £5,583 for loss of earnings and £5,000 for injury to feelings.

In light of this case can you say that your Company has taken the necessary steps to protect against costly age discrimination claims such as this?

In 2006 the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations came into force, meaning that it is illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their age. The regulations also introduced procedures for retirement that enable an employee to request to continue working past the default retirement age. As medical science and our quality of life progresses people in the developed world are living longer, this demographic along with the new legislation means that it is likely that the workforce will be made up of an increasing number of older workers. Our team at ABHR has conducted a series of audits regarding workforce issues and found that a number of employers have failed to react to these changes and are, therefore, exposing themselves to potential tribunal claims for age discrimination.

To enable you to keep on the right side of the new legislation we have put together some top tips.


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