Youth contract may open firms to age discrimination claims
The Youth Contract has recently been launched by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has come under criticism for potentially opening up employers to claims of age discrimination from older workers.
Under the scheme, the taxpayer will give companies more than £2,200 for every new young person they employ.
But lawyers have warned that applicants aged 25 or over may be discriminated against and lose out on a job to a younger applicant, and even in its official guidance advises employers to seek legal advice before taking part in the scheme.
April 11, 2012