Employment: Discrimination

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many cases of age discrimination have been brought before the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service and found in favour of the employee in cases where discrimination took place against an employee for being too (a) young and (b) old in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Complaints of alleged age discrimination under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, which came into operation on 1 October 2006, are made to the Employment Tribunal Service, not ACAS. Such complaints are then usually passed to ACAS for conciliation.

In the period 1 October 2006-31 December 2007, ACAS received 2,750 cases for conciliation in which a complaint of age discrimination was one of the matters, or the sole matter, complained of. Without a detailed examination of the grounds of each claim, it is not possible to say what proportion of these claims alleged the claimant had been discriminated against on the basis of their being too young or too old, or were related to some other matter.

Over the same period, excluding those claims which were struck out, ACAS operational records indicate that a resolution was brokered in 90 per cent. of cleared cases in which one of the matters, or the sole matter, complained of was age discrimination. Where cases are not resolved in conciliation, they are subsequently heard by the Tribunal Service.

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