22 October 2008
Judge issues landmark age discrimination ruling
A high court judge has issued what has been described as a landmark ruling concerning age discrimination.
During a recent hearing, Sir Thomas Morison said that the number of years an employee has served with a firm is relevant when bosses are deciding which members of staff to make redundant.
The judgement was made in a case involving global power systems provider Rolls-Royce, which had claimed that taking long service into account amounted to indirect age discrimination against younger employees.
Sir Thomas gave the firm permission to appeal his ruling, stating the decision was "clearly an important point".
In other age discrimination news, a spokesperson for charity Age Concern recently stated that UK laws which permit employers to force workers to retire at or above the age of 65 without compensation conflict with the government's stance on asking people to work longer in order to help reduce the country's pension deficit.