03 April 2012
Man wins age discrimination compensation
A man has successfully claimed for age discrimination after he was told to retire on his 65th birthday.
Michael Bailey was given £4,555 in compensation at an employment tribunal after he argued he wanted to continue working at R&R Plant Hire in Whittlesey, the Peterborough Evening Telegraph reports.
This decision has since been upheld at the Court of Appeal in London and Mr Bailey's former employers have been ordered to pay his £10,200 legal costs.
Christopher Brooks, policy adviser on employment and skills at Age UK, welcomed the ruling and the implications it will have for elderly workers in the country.
"Age UK believes older workers should be allowed to choose when they retire, but in reality often face being shut out of the job market through age discrimination," he added.
Mr Brooks continued by saying flexible working patterns can be introduced in order to accommodate older employees.
Default retirement age is currently being phased out in the UK.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas
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