In April 2011 the Default Retirement Age of 65 was abolished. Since then your employer can no longer insist that you retire at this age unless they can justify it to an employment tribunal by a sound business reason, which may be difficult to prove. Case law on retirement under the revised rules is still limited and each person’s circumstances must be looked at on their own merits. In most cases you can now choose your own retirement date.
If you haven’t yet reached retirement age, but you feel that your younger colleagues are treated more favourably by your employer because of your age then you may have a claim for age discrimination in the employment tribunal. Age discrimination awards have no size limit, and if you are unable to get another job this will be taken into account. If you are being treated inappropriately by your colleagues because of your age, you may decide to raise a grievance with your employer to stop the behaviour.
At Backhouse Solicitors we are experts in employment law and all aspects of age discrimination and the law on retirement. We will give you a free, no-obligation 30 minute appointment to discuss your case with you and to help you understand if you have been treated properly by your employer. If you decide to make a tribunal claim, we can provide expert assistance at every stage including issuing your claim, preparing your case, negotiating with the other side and representing you at the employment tribunal. We will ensure that all aspects of the discrimination are taken into account and that you claim fully for your potential losses.
Don’t be a victim of age discrimination – contact us on 01245 893400 or email [email protected] to speak to one of our expert solicitors.