The Equality Act 2010 makes all forms of age discrimination in recruitment and employment unlawful, ie direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation. It also provides for limited post-employment protection in circumstances where the act of discrimination is linked in some way with the person’s previous employment.

This topic looks at the concept of direct and indirect age discrimination, as well as the limited circumstances where the discriminatory treatment of an individual can be shown to be a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. The issues of age discrimination in recruitment, retirement and pensions are also considered.

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