Age discrimination and harassment
The annual statistics for 2010/11 by the Tribunal Service showed a 31% rise in the number of age discrimination claims filed on the previous year. The economic climate has created a significant increase in redundancies and combined with the ending of the default retirement age, it is likely that some employers have allowed ‘age’ to influence their staff and redundancy decisions causing the rise in claims. In the majority of cases, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a worker because of their age.
Taking any form of action when faced with age discrimination is a difficult decision and being able to discuss it with other women who are currently seeking to remedy their situation either formally or informally can really help. Many women who have stood up against age discrimination have said that having the support of family and friends is essential, but being able to talk to others who are going through the same experience has given them the extra determination to see it through.
My story and Your views
Within this section, you will be able to read several personal stories including ‘My Story’ by Dora who won her case for unfair dismissal and age discrimination.
WEN is also keen for as many women as possible to participate in our blogs and discussions through ‘Your Views’. This is the area of the site where you can interact and share experiences, however, we recommend you read our forum guidance before starting. Creating an account is very simple requiring only a username and an email account.
Our web site will provide you with basic legal information on age discrimination law and provide you with some common scenarios; however, you should get proper professional advice before making any decisions.