Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
Age discrimination law currently applies in employment, vocational training, further education and higher education, 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. The law on age discrimination will change on October 1st 2012 to bring in a ban on age discrimination in the provision of services, carrying out public functions and activities of clubs and associations. This website will be updated with new guidance shortly.
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.