Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination

One of the most significant recent developments in employment law was the prohibition of age discrimination in the workplace. Since October 2006, it has been illegal in the UK for employers to deny employment to individuals or treat them unfairly based on their age. This law was established by The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 - SI No 2006/1031.

An employer cannot do the following on the basis of age. If they do then it may qualify as age discrimination:

  • Dismiss you
  • Choose not to employ you
  • Give you adverse terms and conditions of employment
  • Deny you a promotion
  • Refuse to provide you with training
  • Retire you without an objective justification if you want to continue working

Age discrimination laws are there to protect both older and younger employees. Dismissal of an older worker under the presumption that they are too old to do a job, or rejecting an younger applicant because of the presumption that they lack experience, is unlawful.

If you believe that you have been the victim of age discrimination in the work place or been discriminated on this ground by a decision of a public body, we can help you to bring a claim to have any discrimination accounted for and the decision to be put right or compensation to be paid. 


For further information or to speak to one of our Age Discrimination solicitors today

please contact us on 01622 356 911 or fill in our enquiry form.


Useful Links 

Equality and Human Rights Commission, rights under the Equality Act 2010 -

Equality and Human Rights Commission, Age Discrimination and the Equality Act 2010 -

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), age discrimination and the workplace guidance-



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