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Age discrimination: Higher severance payments for older employees were justified

This report relates to 1 case(s)

In Lockwood v Department for Work and Pensions and another EAT/0094/12, the EAT held that a voluntary redundancy scheme providing higher severance payments to older workers did not amount to unlawful direct age discrimination because the differential treatment was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim of a public interest nature.

Key points

  • Direct age discrimination under a civil service voluntary redundancy scheme that provided for higher severance payments to those aged 35 or above in comparison with those aged under 35 with the same length of service was objectively justified.