24 September 2008
Setback for anti age-discrimination campaigners
People campaigning for age equality in employment were recently dealt a blow by a European Union (EU) court advisor.
An advocate general at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg backed current UK rules which permit employers to compel workers to give up their roles at the age of 65 or after without compensation.
Charity Age Concern, which aims to promote the well-being of older people, had claimed that compelling such employees to stop work without compensation breaches EU equality requirements.
In a statement, the European Court of Justice said: "In line with previous case law, rules such as the UK rules on mandatory retirement at issue do fall within the scope of the directive," Reuters reports.
Earlier this year, Age Concern told a hearing that the UK employment equality regulations breach the EU's equal treatment directive.
However, the advocate general said that such discrimination can be justified in the context of national law.