Elizabeth Sweeney v Aer Lingus Teo Posted In: Case Law
Legal BodyEquality Tribunal (EQT)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionContracts of Employment, Policies and Procedures, Pay
In this case, an Aer Lingus employee was awarded €5,000 by the Equality Tribunal, which concluded that management had failed to establish that her compulsory retirement at 65 years “served a legitimate aim, or purpose”.
In this case, Aer Lingus did not specify a specific retirement age in Ms. Sweeney’s contract of employment. Aer Lingus referred in their Defence to the terms of the occupational pension scheme and referred specifically to pension benefits which accrued at the age of 65 years. The claimant submitted that at no stage during her employment was it clearly communicated to her that she would be subject to mandatory retirement.
Aer Lingus made the point that the absence of an
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