AGE discrimination at work has been against the law since 2006 – but as of Monday it’s banned everywhere else.
Now it’s unlawful to stop older people trying to enter a nightclub or join a gym due to their age.
In one case considered by the Government, an 84-year-old man was told he’d been put at the bottom of a six-month waiting list – and any cancellations would go to a young person.
It could even apply if staff in a trendy fashion store said, ‘there’s nothing in here for you’ to an older customer.
The 2010 Equality Act makes it unlawful for any organisation providing a private or public service to discriminate against, harass or victimise anyone due to their age.
Douglas Johnson, of Sheffield Law Centre, said: “Ageism is now outlawed and employers should train staff to avoid such comments.
“There’s a big difference between having a laugh and harassment, which is unwanted.
“Society is saying ageism is not right – just as racism is no longer acceptable – and now there are things people can do to take action.”
There are a number of exceptions – it will still be legal to have Saga holidays, concessions for pensioners and students, under-9s football and a ban on selling glue and knives to children. Most age-based financial products are also unaffected.
Douglas is available to give advice – ring on 0114 2731888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.