Protected Characteristic - Age
The Act defines age by reference to a person's age group and when it refers to people who share the protected characteristic of age, it means they are in the same age group.
An age group can:
- mean people of the same age or a range of ages
- be wide such as 'people under 50'
- be narrow such as 'people in their mid-50s' or people born in a particular year
- be relative, such as 'older than me' or 'older than us'
- be linked to actual or assumed physical appearance which may bear little relation to chronological age such as 'the grey workforce'.
A person could therefore belong to various age groups: a 19 year old could, for example, belong to groups that include 'young adults', 'teenagers', 'under 50s', 'under 25s' or '19 year olds'.
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Latest Update : 11 August 2020