Age discrimination in employment

Dismissal, redundancy and unfair treatment

No employee should be dismissed on the ground of age. In the case of redundancy, either on a voluntary or compulsory basis, the decision should be made on the basis of fair, non-punitive and non-discriminatory criteria, such as length of service, nature of work and job skills. Employers are also encouraged to provide employees of different age groups with equal access to voluntary departure or redundancy schemes.

Employers should not discipline or dismiss employees of a particular age group for performance or behaviour which would be overlooked or condoned for those of a different age group.