What is indirect age discrimination?

Indirect age discrimination occurs where the employer applies a provision, criterion or practice - such as imposing a requirement for a minimum number of years' experience for a particular job - that places persons of the claimant's age group at a disadvantage, is to the claimant's disadvantage and is not a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. For example, it may be indirect discrimination against a young person to impose a requirement for employees to have held a driving licence for 10 years. The employer would be able to justify this only if it could show objectively that it was a genuine requirement of the job and not based on stereotypes of what makes a "reliable" and "safe" driver.