Age discrimination occurs when someone is unfairly disadvantaged for reasons relating to their age which cannot be objectively justified. It has been illegal in the UK since 2006, with the law now incorporated into the Equality Act 2010. People of all ages can be affected, especially younger and older workers, and the growing number of older people in employment makes this group a key focus.

This factsheet offers an overview of the different types of discrimination with examples of how this applies to age. It specifically looks at retirement and suggests good employment practices covering recruitment, reward, development, promotion, retention and redundancy. Lastly, the factsheet offers an action plan for employers.

CIPD viewpoint

What is age discrimination

The legal position

Retirement

Good employment practices

Useful contacts and further reading

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