Demoting older workers is discrimination

The practise of demoting workers to other jobs when they reach a certain age is discriminatory, the equal opportunities commission ruled on Tuesday.

Demotion is included in several pay and conditions agreements. The case was brought by a oboe player who was given a lesser role in his orchestra on reaching the age of 60.
‘Demotion is only acceptable if the worker is unable to do the job on reaching a certain age,’ the commission said.

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