If an employer forces an employee to retire (known as compulsory retirement), the employee would be able to challenge this at an Employment Tribunal. The employee could make claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination.
Although most employers no longer set a compulsory retirement age, some may choose to do so, providing it can be justified.
This short guide covers some of the key points involved in retirement but it is always a sensible step to seek legal advice, especially because of the risk of an age discrimination claim. Compensation in unfair dismissal cases is now capped, but in discrimination cases there is no such cap so these claims can prove costly.
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