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Increase in age discrimination success rate

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The number of age discrimination claims accepted by employment tribunals increased by more than a third over the past year, according to the Employment Tribunals Service.

The median amount awarded by tribunals in age-related cases – £5,868 – is on a par with several other discrimination-related payouts. However, the maximum age discrimination award – £48,710 – was significantly less than those awarded elsewhere – disability (£729,347), sex (£442,366), race (£374,922) and sexual orientation (£163,725).

Chris Ball, chief executive of The Age and Employment Network (TAEN), said: “We cannot pretend that age discrimination is not there. Ageism remains a persistent barrier for older people still in work. However, there is increased awareness of age discrimination and the legislation shows older workers that they have some redress.

“The number of claims is probably only the tip of the iceberg as far as the incidence of age discrimination is concerned and the real problem is that it is often difficult to prove such cases, however well-founded.

With the Government accelerating plans to abolish the Default Retirement Age and increase the state pension age, it is more vital than ever that the increasing numbers of older workers who inevitably come up against ageism have confidence in the fairness and “robustness of the tribunals system”, said Mr Ball.

“Working longer will simply not be an attractive option unless workers feel that their rights will be protected against those who would discriminate against them,” he added.

If you’ve fallen victim to ageism in the workplace and feel your employer’s action can be successfully challenged, approach our employment specialists today and discover if you can join the growing number of satisfied claimants.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

October 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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