Generation Legislation

Older workers in the EU used to have a tough time staying employed.

Because most EU member states had no age discrimination laws, employers could force older workers out by setting mandatory retirement ages and offering early retirement incentives that were too good to pass up. Older workers who were looking for a new job had an even harder time. Employers could explicitly advertise the need for a "young, dynamic workforce" and select applicants based on age.

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Mary Swanton

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