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Age and Health Discrimination

This is an interesting case in which an employer suggested that it had cited age and heath to be the reason for a cleaner's dismissal to assist her getting social welfare, rather than referring to the real gross misconduct reason of inappropriate behaviour with a resident in the disability service that she worked in. This was a costly mistake that resulted in an award of €10,000 being made against them for discrimination (ADJ - 00025681)

Forced Retirement Was Discrimination on Grounds of Age

Another recent case dealing with the issue of the forced retirement of a legal secretary who had 40 years service, once again highlights the difficulties that employers face in implementing retirements, when they have not established a fixed retirement age, on objective grounds, either contractually or through custom and practice (Ref ADJ - 00016645).

RTE & SOLAS Breach Equality Legislaiton On Grounds of Age.

​As the award of €50,000 for age discrimination last week by the WRC to former RTE Reporter, Valerie Cox, made the news headlines, employers are once again reminded that whilst there is no current direct statutory bar on having a workplace retirement age, it remains very easy to fall foul of current employment equality legislation in respect of dealing with employees who have reached "retirement age" or who are coming close to it. In a separate case published recently Solas were ordered to pay €20k to an employee for asking a discriminatory question during an interview.

Mandatory Retirement Ages

The recent High Court decision in Quigley v HSE [2017] IEHC 654 is a pertinent reminder for employers that they may face potential legal issues if they try and enforce a retirement age when there is no clear written or implied contractual right to do so, or in the event that there is that such a retirement age cannot be objectively justified.

Retirement Ages

Retirement issues continue to be problematic and costly for many employers. This short article deals with some of the typical queries that I get on this issue.

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