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    Hello

    My school employs its sixth formers to do jobs at the school. These are cleaning, mid-day supervisor, and create displays of students work in corridors. Well today (its open for cleaning throughout the holidays and other things) I went to see the woman in charge of the cleaning and ask for a form for September to apply for a cleaning position. Well she said to me that they are no longer taking on sixth formers and getting rid of the current ones due to the recession to give the positions to the unemployed, claiming its a council wide thing. Which its not as my mum is in charge of special needs at another school in the same council and its not happening there.

    Does this count as age discrimination?

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    If it is age dicrimination, which I don't think it is, what are you going to do?

    *Just curious*
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    Probably nothing (unless my dad hears and he will start a law suit against them). Just not tell him when he comes in unless he asks “what was the application form like, let me help you fill it, I know what they want you to put I employ people myself.” (Then he will rant on about how hard he works)
    But enough about my dad!

    But my main question is if it is discrimination which I think you have answered but want a definite answer but thanks anyway!
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    The government pays companies (and the council, in this case, possibly counts as a company) to employ the long term unemployed.

    For each unemployed person they take on, the council gets a bonus payment from the government. As the council is broke probably due to recession, instead of giving 6th formers a pocket money job, they have decided to take the more profitable route of employing long term unemployed folk.

    I wouldn't call it age descrimination.
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    The honest answer is that most decisions in life have to involve some degree of discrimination, so I wouldn't worry too much about it - it's not a new thing or anything like that.

    Negative discrimination against you or positive discrimination towards the unemployed, it's difficult to tell. I'd also recommend looking around a bit for other jobs.
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    The thing is where we live is in the country-side with a bus only every 2 hours plus a its quite a walk away. That was the ideal thing about working at school I would go on the school bus and be able to get a lift home with my dad (the cleaning was 3 hours after school each night).

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    No, it's not age discrimination. Tbh those jobs are better off going to the long term unemployed.
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    Some of the unemployed people could be in the same age range as the sixth formers...
    It doesn't sound like age discrimination as they haven't said 'we're only employing people who are over 30' or 'young people can't do our jobs.'
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    (Original post by haz220807)
    Some of the unemployed people could be in the same age range as the sixth formers...
    It doesn't sound like age discrimination as they haven't said 'we're only employing people who are over 30' or 'young people can't do our jobs.'

    Thanks. I was asking my auntie about it (she's a paralegal) she said in a way it is discrimination but not discriminating enough for a case (which my dad would want if he found out). Because of pretty much what you said!
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    (Original post by tommojb)
    Thanks. I was asking my auntie about it (she's a paralegal) she said in a way it is discrimination but not discriminating enough for a case (which my dad would want if he found out). Because of pretty much what you said!
    Yeah that makes sense.
 
 
 
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