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Age discrimination

Discrimination essentially means treating one person less favourably than another without justification for doing so. Since 1 October 2006 the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations made it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of age. It covers policies and practices relating to recruitment, selection and promotion, criteria for benefits, provision of training, retirement and redundancy. It includes: Direct discrimination – where an employer does not employ an individual because of their age; Indirect discrimination – where an employer requires a number of years previous experience, which younger people are unlikely to have; Harassment, bullying or victimisation on grounds of age (by the company or any employee). The law recognise that differences of treatment on the grounds of age can sometimes be justified, but employers must ‘objectively justify’ exemptions to the regulations by providing real evidence to support any exemption claim.

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