In 2010 the Equality Act replaced the Age Discrimination legislation (along with the other discrimination legislation). Age discrimination continues to be one of the most common forms of unfair treatment at work, with almost half of workers believing that their age would hold them back when applying for a job. According to research carried out by insurance company Aviva, more than half of over 50 year olds feel unsupported at work.
ACAS has produced guidelines to help organisations avoid discriminating on the basis of age. The Guidance covers the following areas:
- Overview of age discrimination
- Key areas where age discrimination may happen
- Risks of stereotyping people because of age
- Risks of using ageist language
- When different treatment because of age may be allowed
- Making a claim for age discrimination
- Protected characteristics video
In addition, ACAS have produced a Factsheet on Age Discrimination – 10 obligations for employers – providing an overview of the key areas that employers need to be mindful of to avoid potential discrimination.
Further information can be found on the ACAS website by following this link.
If you would like advice on the new guidance, please contact the ELiAction team on 01494 817193.