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Age discrimination still rife in the workplace, Parliamentary Committee says

A recent report from the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee says that age discrimination is rife in the workplace. This follows repeated concerns that longstanding age discrimination legislation is not being sufficiently enforced.

The Committee heard evidence that older workers are regularly discriminated against in the job market; are disproportionately likely to be selected for redundancy; and that managers often held “biases and myths” against older workers, including that they were “waiting to retire”, not work as hard, or were unwilling to learn new skills.  

The committee said that while the current employer-led approach to discrimination brought some advantages, it did not present a strong enough challenge to discriminatory practices or attitudes.