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Age discrimination for ‘sweet sixteen’

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Sixteen council workers are suing their employer, the London Borough Council of Barking and Dagenham.

The employees are unhappy about the terms set out in the council’s long-service award scheme, and believe the conditions breach the age discrimination regulations outlined in the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

The council introduced the scheme, which provided financial payouts to those who had worked for 25 continuous years and were aged over 55, several years ago. It was also their intention to reward loyalty and experience and pay out additional benefits over five stages to individuals who met both criteria.

All the claimants in the case had worked for the council for over 25 years, but were under the age of 55 by the time the scheme was introduced.

The council employees first had their case heard in March 2008 by a Stratford Employment Tribunal, but in this instance it was dismissed. However, the union Unison believed in the case and took the matter to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, where the appeal was upheld. The case has now been sent back to the tribunal for a revised hearing.

Dave Prentis, Unison General Secretary, said: “It was not fair that the employees put in decades of service at the council and were then told that they were too young to receive a reward. This is a victory for any worker who is told that long service is rewarded by age. This case has shown that it is a breach against regulations to discriminate against older workers.”

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Written by Andrew Hodges

November 8, 2009 at 12:41 am

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