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Age discrimination: Enforced retirement did not breach contractual age discrimination bar

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    Taylor v Secretary of State for Scotland [2000] IRLR 502 HL (0 other reports)

Notwithstanding the introduction of a contractual equal opportunities policy prohibiting age discrimination, an employer retained its discretion in relation to the retention and retirement of staff after the minimum retirement age of 55, and it exercised that discretion in a way that was not discriminatory, the House of Lords holds in Taylor v Secretary of State for Scotland 11.5.00 House of Lords. The treatment of retained staff differently from staff under the minimum retirement age in order to minimise or avoid redundancies was within the scope of the employer's discretion.