Lockwood v Department for Work and Pensions and Another [2013] UKEAT/0094/12/RN

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Redundancy, Discrimination
Issues covered: Direct age discrimination; voluntary redundancy and severance payments

The claimant was a civil servant who took voluntary redundancy in 2007 at the age of 26 and after eight years service. Under the redundancy scheme, she was entitled to a payment of £10,894.04; a worker aged over 35 with the same length of service would have been entitled to £17,690.58.

The ET rejected the claimant’s initial case of age discrimination on two alternative bases: (1) There were material differences between the Claimant's age group, (under 35) and the comparator group relied on (over 35). The two were not truly comparable (the comparator point) and/or (2) If, contrary to the first finding, the over 35 group were truly comparable, then the Respondents had objectively justified

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This article is correct at 18/10/2013

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