The Equality Act 2010, in general, makes it unlawful for employers to take age into account when recruiting, unless they can show objective justification for their actions or decisions.
Since 1 October 2006, age discrimination legislation has made it unlawful for employers to discriminate on grounds of age in the arrangements they make for the purpose of determining to whom they offer or do not offer employment. The legislation, now contained in the Equality Act 2010, protects job applicants throughout every stage of the recruitment process.
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