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Forced retirement 'is example of age discrimination'

Forced retirement 'is example of age discrimination'

Making people retire at the age of 65 is unfair, according to one UK charity.

Age Concern and Help the Aged is calling on the government to get rid of the legislation which permits employers to force individuals to give up their roles once they reach this point in their lives.

Director of the organisation Michelle Mitchell claimed current laws in this area are one of the most "disturbing" examples of age discrimination.

Figures cited by the charity - which is due to change its name to Age UK this spring - suggested that a total of around 100,000 older staff members were made to retire last year.

Ms Mitchell stated: "Our survey clearly shows the use of forced retirement has spiralled out of control‚ offering some employers a low-cost shortcut to shed jobs during the recession."

Age Concern and Help the Aged is urging all political parties to commit to axing mandatory retirement laws as part of its pre-election manifesto.