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Could a change in pay conditions be age discrimination by Next?

by on May 14, 2015

The clothing chain store Next could face unfair dismissal or even age discrimination claims after forcing employees who work on a Sunday to give up their overtime. This is the claim made here in Personnel Today by Melanie Stancliffe, a partner at law firm Thomas Eggar. 

How could this be construed as age discrimination? Well apparently, Next pays those under pre 2008 contracts extra money for working on Sundays. However, the company is now moving all of its employees to new contracts, under which they will no longer receive this extra pay.   So those affected could be entitled to launch claims of unfair dismissal or age discrimination, on the basis that those under the original contracts are likely to be older, having worked for Next the longest. OK!

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