A pub manager in his first supervisory role left to his own devices made a series of errors in dismissing a disabled older worker, in a case with so many mistakes by management that it could be used to train line managers on employment issues.
In this case, the industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland described a small employer's decision to dismiss a young worker to avoid having to increase her pay from £4.00 to the national minimum wage rate of £4.92, when she reached the age of 18, as "callous".
The European Court of Justice has held that a rule in a collective agreement applicable to the crew of the German airline Deutsche Lufthansa prohibiting pilots from flying after the age of 60 is discriminatory on the ground of age.
In this decision, the employment tribunal was critical of a local authority that failed to keep an employee at risk of redundancy in employment for six more months during a transitional period. The decision had been taken to avoid a pension payout and constituted direct age discrimination and unfair dismissal.
This unusual age discrimination claim was brought by a contract worker with poor people skills who believed that his contract was terminated because of his youth.
In this case, a female employee was harassed on the ground of her age by her younger manager.
In British Airways plc v Mak and others  EWCA Civ 184 CA, the Court of Appeal upheld the tribunal's decision that it had jurisdiction to hear discrimination claims by Hong-Kong-based cabin crew because the claimants worked partly at an establishment in Great Britain.
The European Court of Justice has held that German legislation that requires civil servants to retire at 65 can be justified if "appropriate and necessary" means are used to achieve the aim of balancing the employment levels of young and older civil servants to encourage the recruitment and promotion of young people. It also stressed that budgetary considerations cannot by themselves constitute a legitimate aim in relation to a member state's social policy.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to age discrimination.