Age discrimination

Topic Index
Unlawful discrimination
Justifying age discrimination
Service-related benefits
Redundancy pay
Pension schemes
Tribunal claims and remedies



  • The prohibition on discriminating on the grounds of age in the Equality Act 2010 applies to a wide range of individuals, including employees (both those on fixed and indefinite term contracts), job applicants, contract workers, company directors and partners.
  • It is unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of age (or perceived age) in the fields of employment and training.
  • Direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment on the grounds of someone's age are therefore unlawful if they occur in the course of an individual's employment. Job applicants are also protected during recruitment and selection.


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