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West Yorkshire Police & others v Homer - Disadvantage which is simply a consequence of age is not a consequence of age discrimination [2008] EAT

West Yorkshire Police introduced a grading scheme whereby to qualify for the highest grade (and so highest salary) an employee had to hold a law degree. Mr Homer argued that, since he was 61 and so could not obtain such a degree before his retirement, this amounted to age discrimination.

An employment tribunal agreed with him, and also found that such discrimination was unjustified since it was not a proportionate means of achieving the aim of recruiting and retaining suitability qualified staff. West Yorkshire Police appealed.

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