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Number of age discrimination claims increases

The number of age discrimination claims to employment tribunals is continuing to rise.

The latest figures from the Tribunals Service cover the period from 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011.

They show that the number of age discrimination claims has risen steadily over the last three years. There were 3,800 claims in 2008/09. That rose to 5,200 in 2009/10 and then increased to 6,800 last year.

The overall number of claims to tribunals covering other issues such as unfair dismissals, equal pay and various forms of discrimination fell by 8%. However, the figures were still 44% higher than in 2008/09.

It suggests that the economic downturn is still having a major effect and is leading to what is still a very high number of claims.

This is partly because the recession has put pressure on many companies to cut costs by making redundancies or reducing pay levels. This in turn has led to discrimination claims from employees who feel they haven’t been treated fairly.

Employees are also more aware of their rights and more willing to take legal action.

Older workers have also become more pro-active and more prepared to protect their interests. It’s thought this is partly due to the fact that they have fewer opportunities than before for finding new employment.

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