Age Discrimination and Retirement Dismissals

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10 January 2020
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
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Rolanda: Our next question, then, another aspect of discrimination,

"It was reported this week, recently, that an Oxford University professor was forced to retire over his 70th birthday, based on a policy within the organisation. The tribunal found that he had been unfairly dismissed and discriminated against. Does this mean, I suppose, that you can't retire employees, that it's never going to be fair to retire employees?"

Seamus: Well, the short answer to that is, "No." I mean, there is certainly circumstances where it would be fair and justifiable to look at retirement. This was a specific case in relation to a professor in Oxford. Professor Ewart was his name. He was 70, and the policy

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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