Elizabethe Sweeny v Aer Lingus Teo [2012]

  • Case Reference
    DEC-E2012-135
  • Legal Body
    Equality Tribunal
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Unfair Dismissal, Discrimination and Equality
Issues covered: Employment Equality Acts; Discriminatory Treatment; Age; Section 34(4); Legitimate aim or purpose

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

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