Age discrimination in employment


Employers should consider:

  • whether there should be a mandatory retirement age;
  • whether the set retirement age is appropriate; and
  • how the retirement age was set, and whether this was based on any reasonable and rational grounds that a person above a particular age is unable to carry out the inherent requirements of the particular job.

If serving staff members are close to retirement age but wish to continue to work after that age, the employer should consider such applications on their own merits, having regard to the retirement policy and the principle that age should not be a discriminatory factor.