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.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that a voluntary redundancy scheme that provided different severance payments for two different age groups of employees was not age discriminatory because the differential treatment was justified.
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