Young job seekers 'most discriminated against'

17-08-2006

Young job seekers 'most discriminated against'
Younger workers are more at risk of age discrimination at work than older employees, according to research.

Insurer Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) found that 14 per cent of young people felt they were discriminated against at work because of their age, compared to 12 per cent of older employees aged over 45.

The average age of workers in British firms was estimated by the survey as 39 years old. R&SA said that the research showed firms needed to address the problem of age discrimination while still giving under-25s opportunities to progress.

"Many people think that age discrimination only happens to older people, but our research shows that a high number of young people feel their progression has been hindered by their age," said R&SA underwriting manager Mike Bird.

"This is a worry for employers, particularly with the introduction of the new Age Discrimination Act, which means employees can sue them for any acts of age discrimination against the young or the old."

He added that R&SA expect a dramatic increase in age discrimination cases to be brought against bosses - mirroring trends seen in Ireland and the US.



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