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Age discrimination is treating people unfairly because of their age. It applies to any age.

Indirect age discrimination is treatment which appears to be equal but is unfair on certain people because of their age.  To be unlawful it must be unreasonable.

Example - Direct

At 45, John lost his job as an accountant after a company merger. When he applied for a similar position in another company he was told that although his qualifications were excellent, "people over 40 are too set in their ways".  John could claim he was discriminated against by the company because of his age.

Example - Indirect

A hardware store advertised a sales job requiring at least ten years experience.  Kerry was 22 and had worked for five years in sales but was not eligible to apply.  Kerry could claim she was discriminated against by the store because of her age.

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