Summary

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against their employees on grounds of age, unless they can show objective justification for their actions or decisions. The legislation impacts on all aspects of employment, whether contractual or otherwise, and cover the processes of performance management, appraisal, training and career development.

What the Law Requires

Since 1 October 2006, age discrimination legislation (now contained in the Equality Act 2010) has made it unlawful for employers to discriminate on grounds of age in the opportunities that are afforded to employees for promotion, transfer and training and for the receipt of any other benefit in their employment.

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