Compulsory retirement OK: US employment tribunal

June 4, 2013 The US, Employment Tribunal has ruled that the compulsory retirement of Leslie Seldon, a partner in law firm Clarkson Wright and Jakes, at the age of 65, was not an act of age discrimination, and is permissible under law.

The matter was referred to the Supreme Court last year, where it was found that a compulsory retirement age could be justified if it was "founded on legitimate social policy aims". The case was then referred back to the tribunal for decision.

It was found that compulsory retirement was justified in this case by the fact that the policy created openings for associates to be promoted to partnership, allowing proper successsion planning and enabling the recruitment and retention of ambitious associates. It was also important that the retirement age was agreed in their partnership deed.

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