Age discrimination

Quick stats re Age Discrimination

Age discrimination is very topical at the moment, and it looks like there will be a surge in the number of claims made in the Employment Tribunal as employers get to grips with their new obligations under the Equality Act, and society as a whole really needs to change attitudes. On perhaps interesting application of the new law not yet tested, relates to young people. It appears that young people are being hit particularly hard in the current job environment. Whilst employers may argue that young people are not selected for jobs due to lack of experience, it seems to us that there is a trend that someone can simply be considered too young as well as too old, and that now constitutes discrimination.

In terms of data, the figures on age related employment tribunal discrimination claims show that Claims increased by 164% to 2,900 in the 3 months to December 2010, compared with 1,100 in the same period in 2009.

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