Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Ageism in the workplace is particularly topical this year, with the high profile case of Miriam O’Reilly highlighting some of the issues.

In January 2011, Miriam O’Reilly successfully won an employment tribunal on the grounds of ageism after she was ‘axed’ from her job as a presenter on ‘Countryfile’, along with three other women, all over the age of 40. Commenting on the outcome of the case, Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said: 'The outcome of this high profile case sends out a powerful signal that even in the youth-worshipping world of show business, age discrimination can be withstood. The idea that wrinkles or grey hair can sound the death knell for the careers of female TV presenters is beyond appalling, especially in a country where over a third of the population is aged 50 and over.’ To read relevant guidance for both employers and employees visit