Journal article

A Compromised Balance? A Comparative Examination of Exceptions to Age Discrimination Law in Australia and the UK

Alysia Blackham

Melbourne University Law Review | Melbourne University, Law Review Association | Published : 2018

Abstract

Exceptions to discrimination law reveal both tensions and telling compromises regarding the boundaries of the equality principle. Drawing on case studies of exceptions to age discrimination law in Australia and the UK, this article considers the normative position on age equality law that emerges from these legal boundaries. It argues that broad exceptions to age discrimination law reflect a deprioritising of age equality, and a preference for the instrumental or economic aims underlying age equality law. The restrictive boundaries of age discrimination law risk undermining the effectiveness of equality law in practice.

University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project DE170100228). The views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily those of the Australian Government or the Australian Research Council.