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Approximately one third of the UK population, more than 20 million people, are over the age of 50 years with over 3 million living in London alone. With improvements in medical science the proportion of healthy older people continues to grow. Whilst age discrimination is not the exclusive preserve of this group, the legislation was principally drafted to protect their rights which have been eroded on a continual basis with those over 40 years old having difficulty in finding employment due to prejudice.

Employment Equality

The 2006 age discrimination regulations apply to all employees with no upper or lower age limit. Direct and indirect age discrimination is unlawful subject to exception if the employer is able to provide objective justification for the prejudice. Breach of the regulations by offending employers makes them liable to pay unlimited financial penalties to the offended worker:

  • The default retirement age of 65 has been abolished.
  • Recruitment on the basis of age alone is outlawed and employers are entitled to recruit only on the basis of the applicants ability to do the job.
  • Pay and benefits are determined in relation to length of service or experience providing they are not linked to the employees age.
  • Redundancy selection criteria on the basis of last in first out may be unlawful dependent on the circumstances.

Employment Solicitors

Our employment solicitors deal with compensation claims in London and elsewhere and they specialise in claims arising as a result of industrial disputes. Our lawyers give free advice and act on behalf of clients using the no win no fee scheme which means that if your solicitors do not succeed in obtaining compensation on your behalf then they will not get paid. You will receive a complete professional service from solicitors who specialise in claiming compensation as a result of employment claims.

Specialist employment solicitors deal exclusively in employment matters and are able to pursue or negotiate claims and can provide representation in London or anywhere in the United Kingdom. If you would like to talk confidentially to an experienced solicitor just use the helpline, email or complete and send the contact form.

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