High Court gives go-ahead for discrimination claim over legislation on regulated settings and children in care – Local Government Lawyer

‘A children’s rights charity has secured permission from the High Court for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, which provides that children in care in England up to the age of 15 – but not 16 and 17-year-olds – must always live in regulated settings where they receive day-to-day care from adults.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th August 2021

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Calls for legal review of UK welfare screening system which factors in age – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2021 in age discrimination, equality, fraud, local government, news by michael

‘An automated system that screens welfare claimants for signs they might commit fraud or error has based its verdicts in part on applicants’ age, it has emerged, sparking calls for a review of whether the system is legal.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2021

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Judge criticises firm’s failures in defending solicitor’s dismissal claim – Legal Futures

‘A conveyancing solicitor has won her unfair dismissal and discrimination claim against a well-known Essex law firm by default after it filed its defence two days late.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2021

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Older drinkers risk discrimination says charity, after pub refuses to serve man without smartphone – Daily Telegraph

‘Older drinkers are at risk of discrimination in pubs because they do not have smartphones to order food and drinks on an app, a charity has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th April 2021

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Does a Compulsory Retirement Age Infringe Human Rights Law? – by Hugh Collins – UK Labour Law Blog

‘An employer’s compulsory retirement scheme requires the dismissal of an employee for no other reason than the employee has attained a specified retirement age. The retirement age may be fixed in the terms of the contract of employment, a staff handbook, a collective agreement, or other regulations that determine the rules governing a particular retirement age. Although compulsory retirement used to be lawful, since 2011 the position in the United Kingdom (UK) is that an employee dismissed in accordance with an employer’s policy of a compulsory retirement age can bring a claim either for unfair dismissal under the Employment Rights Act 1996 or (for workers as well as employees) for age discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. Following Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes [2012] UKSC 16, an employer can justify the age discrimination of a compulsory retirement age as a proportionate measure in pursuit of a legitimate aim, such as preserving the promotion prospects of younger staff or the avoidance of intrusive surveillance of the job performance of older staff.’

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UK Labour Law Blog, 17th March 2021

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Multiple employment claims shoot up as Covid hits working conditions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Multiple claims in the employment tribunal nearly doubled towards the end of 2020 as the effects of the pandemic took effect. Statistics published this week by the Ministry of Justice show 29,000 claims were made by more than one person based on the same set of facts in the final three months of last year. This is 82% up on the same period in 2019.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th March 2021

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Tribunal rejects law firm’s second challenge to age discrimination ruling – Legal Futures

Posted January 14th, 2021 in age discrimination, employment tribunals, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘An employment judge has refused a second application from a law firm to reconsider his decision to award an experienced property solicitor damages of £13,200 for age discrimination when he applied for a job with it.’

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Legal Futures, 14th January 2021

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Justifying Austerity – Not Solely a Question of Cost – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 19th, 2020 in age discrimination, budgets, news, probation, remuneration by sally

‘On 11 November 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in Heskett -v- Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWCA Civ 1487, holding that the “pay freeze” imposed on probation officers as the result of the Government’s austerity measures, which might otherwise have been regarded as indirectly age discriminatory, was capable of being justified as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.’

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Littleton Chambers, 12th November 2020

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Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to increase in state pension age – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Delve and Anor v SSfWP [2020] EWCA Civ 1199, the Court of Appeal dismissed the challenge brought against the series of Pensions Acts between 1995 and 2014 which equalised the state pension age for women with that of men by raising the state pension age for women from 60 to 65 and then raising the age at which both men and women can claim their state pension.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th October 2020

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Women lose court of appeal challenge against UK pension change – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2020 in age discrimination, appeals, news, pensions, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Increasing the age at which women born in the UK in the 1950s are entitled to receive their state pension to 66 is lawful, the court of appeal has ruled. The unanimous judgment is a major setback for campaigners who have argued that the government’s changes will be a “disaster” for those on lower incomes.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2020

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Women hit by state pension age rise are ‘sick with anxiety’ ahead of Court of Appeal judgment – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2020 in age discrimination, appeals, coronavirus, news, pensions, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Women hit by the state pension age rise are “sick with anxiety” as they wait for their Court of Appeal judgment to be handed down on Tuesday.’

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The Independent, 14th September 2020

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Tribunal upholds award to age discrimination job interview solicitor – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The employment tribunal has declined to change its compensation award made to a solicitor who claimed age discrimination when he was turned down for a job.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th August 2020

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Judge rejects challenges to £13k award for age discrimination solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted August 27th, 2020 in age discrimination, damages, employment tribunals, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘An employment judge has refused applications from both sides to reconsider his decision to award an experienced property solicitor damages of £13,200 for age discrimination by a law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 27th August 2020

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‘Blow’ for PPF as UK pension compensation cap ruled unlawful – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in age discrimination, compensation, news, pensions by tracey

‘A statutory cap on compensation payable by the UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) to those who have not yet reached pension age is unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st July 2020

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Triaging Coronavirus treatment – (3) the Guidance and discrimination – Cloisters

As part of our series considering the human rights and equality implications of Covid-19, Catherine Casserley and Declan O’Dempsey consider BMA Guidance on the use of characteristics of age and disability in medical triage in the light of discrimination law. This article considers the impact of discrimination law on the guidance.

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Cloisters, 9th June 2020

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Coronavirus: locking the over 70’s away? – Cloisters

Posted May 5th, 2020 in age discrimination, coronavirus, elderly, equality, human rights, news by sally

‘As part of our series considering the human rights and equality implications of Covid-19, Declan O’Dempsey considers proposals being floated that would single out the over 70s for shielding and social distancing, once lockdown measures for other age groups are eased.’

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Cloisters, 1st May 2020

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Ageism In The Age Of Covid-19 – Each Other

‘Older people are at risk of suffering worse outcomes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. But it is vital we acknowledge more than just their vulnerability.’

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Each Other, 22nd April 2020

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Court of Appeal rejects appeal over changes made by county council to SEN transport policy affecting 16-18 year olds – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal over a council’s decision to amend its Special Educational Needs Home to School/College Transport Policy for the 2019/20 academic year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2020

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DWP ordered to pay former trainee £400k over racism and ageism – The Guardian

‘A woman is to receive nearly £400,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions after a judge ruled that her colleagues there had deliberately created a “hostile environment” of racism and ageism that forced her out of work.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2020

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Cardiff woman wins £400k in DWP race discrimination row – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2020 in age discrimination, damages, government departments, news, race discrimination by sally

‘The Department for Work and Pensions has been ordered to pay out nearly £400,000 after a Cardiff woman won her claim for race and age discrimination.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2020

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