German court slams company for ageism
Germany's top court ruled illegal and discriminatory a company's job advert that asked for "young" employees, it said on Thursday.
A 49-year-old lawyer had lodged a complaint over the advert after missing out on the position to a 33-year-old candidate.
The federal court based in Erfurt, eastern Germany, ruled that job adverts should be written with "neutrality in regards to age," and any specific reference to age was a sign of discrimination.
The advert had contravened the law on equality of treatment passed in 2006, the court said.
As the company could not prove it had chosen its new recruit without considering age, the court ruled it should pay damages to the jurist, who requested the equivalent of a month's salary, though the sum will be less.
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