29 July 2008
Workers 'not taking full advantage of age discrimination rights'
Employees in the UK are not taking full advantage of their rights to not be discriminated against at work due to their age, it has been suggested.
Making his comments after the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) released its annual report, Chris Ball, chief executive of the Age and Employment Network (TAEN), said that a lack of information could be behind the figures.
According to Acas, 2,652 cases claiming age discrimination were referred to the organisation in 2007-08, with around 120 reaching tribunal hearings, Online Recruitment reports.
Citing another possible reason for the low statistics, Mr Ball stated: "It also could be because in recruitment processes and workplace settings, ageist attitudes and their acceptance are hard to shift."
He added that predictions of a "deluge of cases" have not been realised.
Established in 1998, TAEN is an independent charity that seeks to promote a labour market that serves the needs of people in their mid and later life.