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 mentions 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

The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) is the UK's leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion in the workplace, focused on delivering high quality practical advice, products and services to our members. We seek to encourage best practice to enable organisations and people to prosper by valuing difference in the workplace. 

Jill Miller

Jill Miller: Diversity and Inclusion Adviser

Jill joined the CIPD in 2008. Her role is a combination of rigorous research and active engagement with policy makers, academics and practitioners to inform projects and shape thinking.

She frequently presents on key people management issues, leads discussions and workshops, and is invited to write for trade press as well as offer comment to national journalists, on radio and TV. She specialises in diversity and inclusion, employee well-being, people management in SMEs and future HR trends.


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