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Equality North East

New guidance on age discrimination

It is unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their age, and in most cases it is unlawful to require someone to retire. Despite this, age discrimination is common in the workplace. Some reports suggest that up to one-third of job applicants have been refused a job because of their age and a higher percentage still have been told they are too young or too old for promotion.

As a population, we are working longer and retiring later, so without effectively managing ageism, employers may find themselves more frequently in difficulty.

Discrimination can take several forms, including treating someone less favourably than they would treat others because of their age, implementing a way of working which disadvantages people of a particular age group or subjecting someone to humiliating, offensive or degrading treatment because of their age.

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April 15, 2019

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