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Older people still subject to 'double standards' in age rules

Older people still subject to 'double standards' in age rules
4th March 2009

In light of an upcoming landmark ruling in the courts for discrimination, two charities have noted that if MPs were subject to the same "ageist rules" as many others, one in eight would be out of a job.

Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to highlight the problem with ageism in the workplace, with the default retirement age only being scrapped by the government in the public sector and not across the board, which is noted as exampling "double standards".

Tomorrow will see the European court of justice meet to decide upon the correct interpretation of age regulations, with the case expected to return to London's high court to decide if default retirement can be justified.

Director of policy and external relations for Help the Aged Paul Cann said: "Although illegal in the workplace‚ mandatory retirement age and ageism in goods and services are still perfectly legal.

"Ageism in any aspect of society is abhorrent and it is high time the government delivered in its promise of equality for older people."

In January, Age Concern found that job losses were rising fastest among older workers despite the knowledge, training and experience they can provide their co-workers.

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