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How Solicitors Can Help With Age Discrimination

August 17th, 2018

When you are preparing a CV for an application, you will undoubtedly research what information to include and what to leave behind. You will find that including your age is not necessary after the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, which legally protects you from age discrimination. However, solicitors can provide valuable advice should this happen before or during your employment.

You might want to consider taking an employer to a tribunal to put forward evidence against them if you have been unfairly dismissed. However, it is important that you remember to make the claim within a three-month time frame, though it can be extended depending on the circumstances.

According to a report from the Women and Equalities Committee (via the Daily Express), it said that it was “unacceptable” that over a million people are left unemployed due to age being a factor in their recruitment to a company.

Conservative Party MP Maria Miller, the chairwoman for the Women and Equalities Committee, commented: “Age discrimination in the workplace is a serious problem, as many older people have discovered. Yet despite it being unlawful for more than a decade, the scale and lack of enforcement uncovered by our inquiry is both alarming and totally unacceptable.”

You will find that age discrimination is not only an issue facing the UK. In fact, there are many other people around the world in a similar position. The American Association of Retired Persons found in a national survey that nearly two-thirds of US workers, aged 45 or older, said that they had faced discrimination in the workplace.

The findings identified that 16 per cent were not hired based purely on their age, while another 15 per cent said that a fellow colleague had made negative remarks about how old they are.

You might find that now is the time to seek out professional advice if you have been subjected to any kind of discrimination, whether it was during a recruitment process or in active employment.

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