Age Discrimination in the workplace
There can be many forms of age discrimination and it is not necessarily aimed at the older worker. Age discrimination can also take several forms and can b direct age discrimination of indirect age discrimination.
Direct Age Discrimination
This is where someone is treated differently because of their age, or their perceived age. Or in certain circumstances because of the age of someone they associate with. As stated above this is not just applied to older worker and it could be that a young person is discriminated against because of their age. Refusing someone a job, based on their age, without a sound objective justification would be age discrimination.
Indirect Age Discrimination
Indirect age discrimination may occur when a business has a policy or procedure that when applied to all star might disadvantage employees or applicants of a particular age.
Within age discrimination legislation there is also protection against bullying or harassment based on someone’ age.
Age discrimination claims are growing in the tribunals and it may be that you have been discriminated against because of your age, whether you are young or old, or even somewhere in-between. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly because of your age call the employment experts at Alpha Law on: 0845 070 0505 (Please note: Calls to this number will cost approximately 4p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).
The employment law specialists, who are all different ages themselves will offer you clear, no obligation advice, but remember, if you wish to take a claim to the employment tribunal, unless there are very extreme circumstances, the claim must be made within 3 months of the discriminatory act occurring.
More information can be found on the Acas website buy clicking – Acas Age Discrimination
or on the government’s discrimination website at: https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights/discrimination-at-work