McGuireWoods London managing partner Daniel Peyton wrote a
Jan. 23, 2020, article for People Management magazine on evolving age
discrimination issues in the UK, including tribunal claims, guidance and
legislation, changing pay scales, employer justified retirement age and
“Annual employment tribunal statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that
in 2018-19 there were fewer age discrimination claims than for any other area of
discrimination except religion or belief, and sexual orientation,” wrote Peyton.
Among other recent developments, Peyton discussed the generational
catchphrase of the moment — “OK, Boomer” — noting, “Generational labels are as
discriminatory as any other insulting stereotype of a protected characteristic.”
The “‘banter’ defence has a long history of failure in discrimination claims —
and tribunals seldom ‘get the joke’ when discrimination is involved,” he wrote.