Firm bans ‘ageist’ birthday cards

A company has banned staff birthday cards in case they breach new age discrimination laws.

Insurer Alan & Thomas has circulated cards for its 36 staff to sign for many years.

Bosses fear the messages colleagues write in the cards referring to bus passes or being ‘over the hill’ could fall foul of the new laws.

Staff can now sue bosses if harassed or victimised due to their age, reports The Sun.

Managing director Julian Boughton said: “The new rules are a potential minefield. Messages can so easily be misinterpreted and we don’t want to offend.”

The insurer has decided that only “appropriate” cards signed by bosses will be sent out to staff.

Source : Ananova

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