Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

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Age discrimination and insurance: no assurances when it comes to insurance?

By Ruth Ormston

The issue of age discrimination and employee insurance is something employment tribunals may well need to focus on as the number of older workers continues to rise, along with the emergence of what many commentators are dubbing a ‘4-G workforce’.

The consequences of getting that insurance treatment wrong was made clear in an employment tribunal judgment involving Purple Parking. 

Purple Parking, Britain’s biggest airport car parking company, dismissed some of its drivers (who provided the bus shuttle and car chauffeuring services), for being too old and not falling within the terms of its insurance provision. Purple Parking’s insurance policy for its drivers did not cover drivers over the age of 67, a clause which was introduced as a change to the original policy…

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