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Equality North East

Law to ban age discrimination in services, public functions and associations, comes into force today

Direct and indirect age discrimination, harassment and victimisation will be unlawful when providing services and when carrying out public functions, according to provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which come into effect today.
It is irrelevant whether a service is provided by the private, public or voluntary sector, and whether it’s for payment or free of charge.

The legislation means that in most cases service providers will not be able to operate upper and lower age limits.

Discrimination includes treating someone less favourably because of age (direct discrimination) and adopting a practice or applying a rule or policy that puts people of a particular age or age group at a disadvantage compared to others (indirect discrimination). Both types of discrimination will be unlawful unless the service provider can show their actions are justified as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

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October 1, 2012

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