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JPC Law Employment Law Update: Not all age discrimination is harmful

Wed 21 Aug 2013

JPC Law Employment Law Update: Not all age discrimination is harmful

On 1 October 2012, the Equality Act 2010 extended the ban on age discrimination to cover the provision of goods and services, the exercise of public function and the membership and activities of private clubs and other associations.

Only those over 18 years are covered by the extended ban. This means that organisations can continue to discriminate against children, or not serve them at all. Permissible examples might be, banning children in hotels, or newsagents restricting the number of children who enter their shops. Service providers however should be aware of the risk that treating under 18s more favourably could lead to litigation by older age groups.

While direct discrimination on age is self evident, indirect discrimination is less obvious, but it has equal application. 

Please click here to read our newsletter on the implications of the extended ban.

 

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