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Case summary: Palmer v RBS — age discrimination and voluntary early retirement

Was a failure to allow an employee to change her choice of voluntary redundancy to redeployment (in the hope that the redeployment exercise would take her from age 49 to 50, at which point she could choose the more favourable option of voluntary retirement) an act of age discrimination?

Not in the circumstances of this case, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Palmer v RBS.

The claimant was placed at risk of redundancy with a number of other employees. They were all given the option of choosing voluntary redundancy or redeployment. Those over 55 were offered an additional option to take voluntary early retirement…

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