05 March 2009
Judges launch age discrimination claim against MoJ
Two judges have launched an age discrimination claim against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), it has been revealed.
Judge Jeremy Varcoe and Judge Stuart Southgate were both forced to retire at the age of 70, the Times reports.
During a recent tribunal, the two men said they had been the victims of discrimination.
The part-time immigration judges argued that other people in similar roles have been able to apply for one-year extensions upon reaching the age of 70 where this was thought to be in the public interest.
Their case against the MoJ - which has a range of responsibilities, including leading the government's constitutional, rights and legal reform programmes - remains ongoing.
Meanwhile, figures released earlier this year by Age Concern suggested that half of workers aged 55 and over are concerned that they are more at risk of losing their jobs than other employees during the current recession.