Changes in the age discrimination law brought together in the 2010 Equality Act need to be reflected in your workplace policies. As an employer you need to be clear that bullying, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of age will be treated as seriously as it would if it were religion or race.
Any complaints received regarding workplace discrimination on the grounds of age should be dealt with using your normal complaints handling and disciplinary procedures. Employment tribunal compensation will be awarded to any employee who has suffered harassment on the grounds of their age and which their employer took no steps to resolve.
Every employer is well advised to try and develop a diverse workplace culture and to encourage equal treatment of all employees irrelevant of their age.
Employment law is complex and employers risk expensive employment tribunal claims if they don’t follow both law and procedure very carefully indeed. Age discrimination is a particular minefield. Any employer would be well advised to take the advice of employment solicitors specialising in employee tribunal age discrimination claims if there are in any doubt about how age discrimination law applies to their particular circumstances.
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