endagediscriminationwebThe Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination against you because of your age. If you’ve experienced unlawful discrimination, you may be able to do something about it. That's something our Union, Solidarity, can help you with. Solidarity has a zero tolerance approach to discrimination against its members. Even if you are not yet a member of Solidarity we may still be able to help.

The Equality Act says it’s only unlawful discrimination if you’re treated unfairly for certain reasons. These reasons are called protected characteristics. Age is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act.

Age discrimination is where you’re treated unfairly because of your age or because you’re part of a particular age group.

It’s  also against the law to discriminate against you because of the age of someone you’re with or someone you know. This could be a parent, child, partner or friend.

This is called discrimination by association.

It’s unlawful if someone discriminates against you because they think you belong to a certain age group even though you don’t. This is called discrimination by perception.

The treatment could be a one-off action or as a result of a rule or policy based on age. It doesn’t have to be intentional to be unlawful.

There are some circumstances when being treated differently due to age is lawful.


Harassment occurs when someone makes you feel humiliated, offended or degraded.


This is when you are treated badly because you have made a complaint of age discrimination under the Equality Act. It can also occur if you are supporting someone who has made a complaint of age discrimination.

Discrimination law can be complex so we always advise that you contact us at the earliest possible opportunity. We have well qualified and experienced Reps who can advise you. According to the most recent survey almost three-quarters of UK workers feel age discrimination is common in the workplace, with both the youngest and oldest feeling most aggrieved. Another study found that the majority of people over the age of 50 felt some form of bias against them in the workplace. If you feel you are being ill-treated tell us so we can start to help. Contact [email protected]