What are protected characteristics?

The term “protected characteristics” comes from the Equality Act 2010. Understanding what the protected characteristics are is important because any discriminatory or harassing behaviour is only unlawful if it is related to a relevant protected characteristic. The definition of protected… Read on

What should my employer be doing to stop ageism at work?

Age discrimination, commonly called ageism, is one of the most common forms of unlawful treatment at work. Other than in some very limited circumstances it is against the law for employers to treat someone less favourably because of their age.… Read on

Can employers still set a retirement age?

One of our partners, Katy Meves, was recently asked to answer this questions for the member publication for ICAEW chartered accountants, Economia.  But, whether an employer can set a retirement age for its staff and essentially force people to retire… Read on

Age discrimination: Ben Power published in The Times law pages

Ben Power’s article “Age discrimination is still the same old problem” was published in the prestigious law pages of The Times newspaper on 2 August 2018. Ben’s article discusses the conundrum of balancing equality for older workers against fairness for… Read on

Ageism in the workplace still rife

A parliamentary committee has published its report on its inquiry into older people in the workplace concluding that the government is failing to adequately enforce age discrimination law and that prejudice, unconscious bias and casual ageism are rife in the… Read on

Age discrimination fact sheet

We kick off our series of factsheets with age discrimination. We intend to cover topics which individuals may find of particular interest or, which are universally relevant but tricky to navigate. Our aim is to give basic facts about the… Read on