EAT doubts current orthodoxy that cost alone cannot justify age discrimination
This report relates to 1 case(s)
Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust  IRLR 119 EAT (1 other report)
In Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust  IRLR 491 CA, the Court of Appeal upheld the EAT decision that the employer was justified in dismissing a senior member of staff, who had been at risk of redundancy for some time, before he reached the age of 50 to avoid him getting a pension "windfall". However, the Court of Appeal stressed that this case has unusual facts and it is not opening the door for employers to time a reorganisation solely to prevent an employee from qualifying for enhanced pension rights.
age discrimination | direct discrimination | justification
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has questioned the current approach adopted by tribunals that an employer cannot justify age discrimination on the ground of cost alone.