Elizabethe Sweeny v Aer Lingus Teo Posted In: Case Law
Legal BodyEquality Tribunal
Type of Claim / JurisdictionUnfair Dismissal, Discrimination and Equality
This is another retirement age case, which have been increasing in occurrence of late. The complainant had been employed since the 1960s. She had also been a trustee of the employer’s pension fund. She was dismissed at the age of 65. The Tribunal accepted that, although her contract of employment was silent on retirement age, there was an implied term that the retirement age should be 65 for non-flying staff. Most non-flying staff retired before this retirement age. Only one had been kept on past 65 in the previous 10 years, for specific purposes involving the handover of duties. Through her role as a pension trustee, she was aware of the retirement policy of the employer.
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