Growing older can be challenging, especially in the workplace if your colleagues or managers decide to treat you differently because of your age. Any person – no matter their age – should feel safe and respected at work, not the opposite.
What is age discrimination?
Age is classified as one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Therefore it’s illegal to discriminate against you because of your age. If you’ve ever felt victimised, harassed or poorly treated at work due to your age, it’s likely you were facing age discrimination. The Equality Act 2010 states you mustn’t be discriminated against because of your age. It’s unlawful, and action should be taken accordingly. Call us now on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back.
The Equality Act 2010 has outlined four categories that distinguish this type of discrimination. You can find these age discrimination examples below:
- Direct discrimination – if you ask for a pay rise and are told you are “too old” or “too young”, this would be classed as direct discrimination
- Indirect discrimination – if a company is advertising a new role with a mandatory “5 years’ experience” in the description, this could put new graduates and younger professionals at a disadvantage
- Harassment – if someone at your company makes jokes about your age, this could lead to harassment
- Victimisation – if a colleague complains about age discrimination and you support them, passing you over for a promotion could be seen as victimisation
Age discrimination can also be split into three categories: unlawful; by association; by perception.
We understand the emotional impact this type of negative experience in the workplace can have on people. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against because of your age, we urge you to get in touch.