Age discrimination

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Unlawful age discrimination happens when someone is treated unfavourably because of their age, without justification, or is harassed or victimised because of their age.

Does age discrimination apply to me?

Age discrimination law currently applies only in employment and vocational training where you have been treated less favourably on the basis of your age, without justification. This may be because you are considered too young or too old.
Age discrimination law does not currently apply to goods and services, though human rights law may give some protection in these areas.
Legally, the test for many potential cases of age discrimination is whether the discrimination can be said to be ‘justified’. Unlike most other types of discrimination, justification can be used lawfully as a defence for direct age discrimination, as well as indirect age discrimination.

What is age discrimination?

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