Age discrimination: lessons learnt in recent months

The public sector is an overstretched environment; managers are being asked to find ways of further reducing their workforce, but is using a person’s age a legitimate way of cutting staffing levels?

Generally no, and the growing number of age discrimination cases in the tribunal over the past few months offers a stark reminder to both public and private sector employers to think twice before basing any headcount reduction policies on age, either directly or otherwise.

‘Age is but a number’, but where that number relates to the compensation that could be payable by an employer who unsuccessfully defends an age discrimination claim, that number could take on a newfound significance. Following a spate of successful age discrimination claims, what lessons can be learned? …

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