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WRC Finds Mandatory Retirement Age was Justified

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Liam Murphy v Deepak Fasteners (Shannon) Ltd (ADJ-00040284) concerned a Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”) case under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015 (“the Acts”). This case alleged age discrimination in circumstances where the Complainant wished to continue working beyond the age of 65 and his employer refused, enforcing a mandatory retirement age.

Facts: The Complainant worked for the Respondent employer from February 1977 to February 2022. He was employed as a General Operator. He submitted to the WRC that he enjoyed good health and he was confident that he had value in the workplace beyond the age of 65. The Complainant had commenced an internal process in November 2021 to request to work beyond his 65th birthday. However this was denied by the Respondent employer on a number of grounds outlined in a letter dated 18th January 2022; these grounds included that his work was of a labour intensive nature, health and safety concerns, the fact the company’s normal retirement age is 65 and that the Respondent wished to encourage the promotion of younger people in the workforce.

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