Rutherford v Towncircle Ltd (t/a Harvest) (in liquidation) and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (No.2); Bentley v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [2002] IRLR 768 ET

Reports relating to this case:

  • Unfair dismissal/ redundancy: Upper age limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy ruled unlawful

    Date:
    7 March 2003

    In Rutherford v Towncircle Ltd (t/a Harvest) (in liquidation) and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Bentley v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, an employment tribunal holds that the exclusion of employees aged over 65 from the right to bring a claim for unfair dismissal compensation, or from entitlement to a redundancy payment upon dismissal, is contrary to European law.

  • Tribunal strikes down age limit

    Date:
    1 November 2002

    In Rutherford v Towncircle Ltd and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (No.2) and Bentley v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (22 August 2002), an employment tribunal has ruled that the statutory upper age limit of 65 on the right to claim unfair dismissal and the right to a redundancy payment is indirectly discriminatory against men and contrary to EU law.

  • Older and wiser and not ready for the scrapheap

    Date:
    8 October 2002

    A recent employment tribunal decision could herald the end of the traditional retirement age as we know it.

  • Government appeals age bias ruling

    Date:
    1 October 2002

    The Employers Forum on Age (EFA) is unhappy that the Government is to appeal against a landmark employment tribunal ruling on older workers.

  • Landmark ruling for over-65s

    Date:
    1 October 2002

    In a landmark hearing, an employment tribunal has ruled that men aged over 65 can pursue claims for redundancy and unfair dismissal.

  • Case round up

    Date:
    1 October 2002

    Our resident experts at Pinsent Curtis Biddle bring you a comprehensive update on all the latest decisions that could affect your organisation, and advice on what to do about them.

  • Unfair dismissal claims could reach from the grave

    Date:
    1 October 2002

    A recent tribunal ruling giving over-65s the right to protection from unfair dismissal could open the floodgates to claims from those dismissed in the past - and even from relatives of dead employees.

  • New decision provides protection for over 65s

    Date:
    24 September 2002

    A recent tribunal ruling means it is highly likely there will be more claims for unfair dismissal from people over the age of 65. By Jill Kelly, an associate with Clarks Employment Team, Reading.

  • Tribunal ends age barrier to unfair dismissal and redundancy claims

    Date:
    23 September 2002

    Employees over 65 years of age have won the right to claim for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments as the result of two linked employment tribunal rulings.