Clash of the generations — age discrimination in the UK in 2012

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In Europe, many employers are currently caught in the middle of a conflict between older and younger employees. Many older employees want to work longer (whether by choice or necessity), while younger employees feel that an aging workforce is hampering their career progression. Both feel that that their age is being used against them. In the United Kingdom, the repeal of default retirement ages in April 2011 has only aggravated the problem. UK employers may lawfully use age directly or indirectly in decision-making if “justified.” But where is the line drawn?

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