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Age discrimination: Maximum age limit of 30 for recruitment as a firefighter does not breach Community age discrimination law

This report relates to 1 case(s)

In Wolf v Stadt Frankfurt Am Main [2010] IRLR 244 ECJ, the ECJ held that the German Government's restriction on recruitment as a firefighter to those aged 30 or under does not give rise to age discrimination because it constitutes a proportionate "genuine and determining occupational requirement" in pursuit of a legitimate aim, within the meaning of art.4(1) of the Equal Treatment Framework Directive.

Key points

  • The German Government's aim of ensuring "the operational capacity and proper functioning of the professional fire service" is a legitimate objective within the meaning of art.4(1) of the Equal Treatment Framework Directive.