New guidance on age discrimination

Briefing Note

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new guidance for organisations covering the ban on age discrimination. The ban, which was introduced under the Equality Act 2010, includes protections against age discrimination in services, public functions and associations.

The guidance sets out examples of how the ban works, explains who is protected and what constitutes discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of age. It explains how the protected characteristic of age applies to different organisations’ services, the meaning of direct and indirect discrimination (along with examples), how and when exceptions to the general ban may apply and time limits in which legal action can be taken following an alleged unlawful act.

Further guidance on discrimination

To help assess whether your business practices meet the age and other discrimination requirements see our Discrimination in the Provision of Goods and Services Briefing Note.

For an overview on discrimination in an employment situation read our Discrimination in the Workplace Briefing Note. Or for guidance on the circumstances in which an employer can be vicariously liable for the acts of its employees that breach discrimination law, read our Vicarious Liability and Discrimination Briefing Note.

For expert advice on discrimination in the provision of goods, services and facilities contact Commercial Law Services Partner Mark Williams at or 01323 435 900.

Or for expert advice on discrimination in an employment context, contact Employment Law Services Partner Paul Maynard at or 01323 435 900.

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