The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations came into force in October 2006, and have made it unlawful to discriminate against future, current or past employees on the basis of age. These Regulations apply to job applicants, students and former employees of Cardiff University.
The regulations prohibit unjustified direct and indirect age discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of age.
Direct Discrimination occurs when an individual is treated less favourably than another, on the grounds of their actual or ascribed age. Examples of direct discrimination could include failing to appoint a candidate on the basis of their age, or denying a colleague promotion or training opportunities for that same reason. Direct Discrimination, whether intentional or not, is always unlawful
Indirect Discrimination occurs when a policy, procedure or practice, even though it is applied to all employees, will disadvantage individuals of a certain age. There are some very limited circumstances where Indirect Discrimination can be justified, though it will be up to the employer to provide that justification. Where Indirect Discrimination cannot be justified, it is illegal.
Harassment includes behaviour that is offensive, frightening or distressing.
Victimisation arises where a future, current or past colleague is treated detrimentally as a result of having been involved in a complaint relating to discrimination or harassment.
If you feel you have been discriminated against in any way, please do not hesitate to raise the issue with your Line Manager, a Dignity Adviser, Equalities Manager or Human Resources Officer.