27 September 2011 #Employment
It has been reported in the Metro that an 18 year old pot washer was dismissed days after informing her employer that they would have to increase her hourly rate from £4 to £4.92 after she turned 18. The employee brought and won a claim for age discrimination in the employment tribunal.
Some employers mistakenly believe that they can treat young workers, particularly those just working in the school holidays or on Saturdays, as they please. However scoiety at large are increasingly aware of their legal rights and chances are if the young worker is not their angry parent will be! Employers must abide by the requirements of the National Minimum Wage for all workers. They also need to be aware of the differing rights of young workers to longer breaks under the Working Time Regulations.
This employer now has a finding of age discrimination against it. Such a black mark can have a damaging effect on a business, including affecting the award of future business, because other businesses do not want to be associated with discriminatory employers in this age of politcal correctness.
The National Minimum Wage rates are due to increase on 1 October 2011. Details on the new rates can be found under Employmentbuddy`s HR Facts and Figures.