27 March 2008
Major redundancies 'caused UK to slip into bad habits over age discrimination'
The major redundancies that took place in the UK during the late 1980s and early 1990s caused the country to fall into bad habits regarding age discrimination, an expert has claimed.
According to Freda Line, diversity officer for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), during this period, firms got rid of "whole swathes" of staff and age was one of the factors they used to determine who should leave.
She stated: "In the UK we did slip into some really bad habits and we got into a very negative position on older workers and older people in general."
However, Ms Line added that, over time, employers have come to recognise that age discrimination should be seen in a similar light to the other kinds of discrimination that take place at work.
Last month, Sedgemore Citizens Advice Bureau urged victims of workplace discrimination to seek advice over the problems they face, the Bridgwater Mercury reported.