11 August 2008
Employees "slow" to take up age discrimination laws
Employees have been "slow to take advantage" of age discrimination laws that came into effect in 2006, according to the chief executive of The Age and Employment Network (Taen).
The Halifax Courier reported that new research conducted by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service for its annual report, released this week, found that a total of 2,652 of the 227,782 cases referred to the service were complaints regarding age discrimination.
Chris Ball of Taen stated that 120 of these cases went to an employment tribunal, suggesting that one reason for this may be that employees are sill under-informed about their rights.
"It also could be because in recruitment processes and workplace settings, ageist attitudes and their acceptance are hard to shift," he said.
"The major factor, though, could be because most individuals are less able to absorb the financial strains of pursuing a case than their employers."
Taen works to interpret demographic change and advocates for changes to age management policies.