Age Discrimination Compensation
Age discrimination at work is unlawful in and can arise where, for example, a person is rejected from a position or forced to retire due to their age.
If you have been a victim of age discrimination in the workplace then Three Graces Legal are on hand to help you make a claim for compensation.
Age discrimination can occur in instances such as:
• Deciding who should be offered employment, such as short listing and interviews
• Relating to the terms in which employment is offered
• When employers refuse or deliberately omit to offer employment
• When access to opportunities for promotion, transfer, training or other benefits, facilities and services are offered.
Direct age discrimination can arise where any employer decides not to employ a person or to dismiss someone, deny promotion or withhold benefits to a particular person.
Indirect discrimination is when a group of people who share the same characteristic is treated differently from everybody else. Indirect discrimination is harder to detect and is less obvious than direct discrimination, as it applies to a group of people, rather than one particular person. It needs to be borne in mind however that the Age Discrimination in the Workplace Act does not refer to the National Minimum Wage. The National Minimum Wage that you are entitled to will depend on your age, and increases as you get older.
Harassment is treatment by your employer, or your colleagues that violates your dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for you. Your employer has a duty to protect you from such treatment, and they are liable if they do not take action to prevent it. It can be committed in three different ways:
As employees, you and your colleagues should be made aware that discrimination is prohibited from the workplace. Your employer should have a harassment and bullying policy in place, as discrimination in the workplace is their responsibility.
The policy that your employer puts in place should prevent age discrimination in:
• Terms and conditions of employment
• Training and development
• Selection for promotion
• Discipline and grievances
• Dealing with bullying and harassment
• Dismissal of an employee
Your employer should ensure that its employees fully understand the policy, and encourage you to understand that you can talk to somebody if you feel that you are being discriminated against.