Author: Age NI
Published on 19 August 2011 12:00 PM
Age NI, the new charity combining Age Concern and Help the Aged, welcomes news of a successful age discrimination case in Northern Ireland.
Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive commented, ‘This is a great result for Ms Stirrup who had the courage to pursue this case, and also for the many older people in Northern Ireland who continue to face age discrimination in the workplace.
'This case demonstrates that age discrimination is no longer tolerated, and provides a fine example to others who may find themselves in a similar situation.
Anne continued, '64% of older people agree that age discrimination still exists at work. Employers must take note that there is no justification for this practice to continue, and acknowledge that older people contribute greatly to the workplace.
'At present, almost one quarter of the working population in Northern Ireland is over 50. Research demonstrates the benefits of older workers, e.g. lower rates of absenteeism, and by discriminating against them we lose out on the skills, experience and knowledge they have acquired.
'We must ensure that older people have every right to pursue available opportunities that enable them to contribute fully to our social and economic life. The Tribunal has made a very positive decision that recognises the value of our older working population.'