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2016/22 Failing to offer voluntary redundancy because it triggered a right to early retirement is directly discriminatory (UK)

Keywords Age discrimination
Authors Sarah O’Brien
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Sarah O’Brien
Sarah O’Brien is a trainee solicitor at Lewis Silkin LLP.
  • Abstract

      Following a restructure of his employer, an over 50 year old employee was deprived of the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy, compared to his under 50 year old colleagues, because it would have triggered early retirement resulting in a higher redundancy package. The Employment Tribunal (‘ET’) held that the use of under 50 year old comparators was not appropriate because the comparators were not entitled to early retirement and were therefore in materially different circumstances compared to the claimant. On appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’), the EAT held that the fact that the comparators were not entitled to early retirement was not a “relevant circumstance” making the comparators invalid. A prima facie case of direct age discrimination was therefore made out. The EAT remitted the case back to the original ET to determine if the employer’s direct discrimination could be justified.

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