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H of L Decision - Taylor v secretary of State for Scotland

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The House of Lords has this morning (Thurs) handed down its opinion in Taylor v Secretary of State for Scotland, upholding the Court of Appeal's decision.

It held that on a proper construction of a prison officer's contract of employment, which included a retirement age of 55 but also an undertaking not to discriminate on grounds of age, that the mandatory retirement age did not breach the anti-discrimination policy.

The transcript (which is fairly short) is attached (reproduced with the permission of the controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office).

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