Wed 4 March 2009, The Guardian

Age discrimination laws could backfire on us if they end up keeping young people out of work

By Marcel Berlins
This week, two immigration judges went to an employment tribunal to claim that being forced to retire at 70 amounted to age discrimination. A couple of weeks back, a 50-year-old man won his discrimination case after his application to become an air traffic controller was turned down on the grounds, which the judge found misguided, that anyone over 35 couldn't develop the alertness skills necessary for the job. Tomorrow, the European court of justice in Luxembourg will announce its decision in an age case known as Heyday, which could lead to the total abolition of a compulsory retirement age, or at least greatly diminish its power.
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