it’s your right to work if you’re up to the job

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Short Story By Elizabeth Dale -

Q

I’m 63 this year, and I know my boss wants me to re­tire, as he’s been hint­ing at it for a while. At my last per­for­mance re­view, he kept ask­ing me about my fu­ture plans. I made it clear that I haven’t any in re­la­tion to work as I want to carry on for a few more years. My per­for­mance is good, and he could only find very mi­nor crit­i­cisms, which I was happy to in­clude in my goals. He’s much younger than me, and I think he wants a more youth­ful team. Since that re­view, it feels as if he’s pick­ing on me.

Name and ad­dress with­held

A

You can work for as long as you like if you meet the cri­te­ria needed for your role. Your boss may have as­sumed that you would re­tire, as 60 used to be the re­tire­ment age for women. Firstly, the pen­sion age is chang­ing and you’re not yet of pen­sion­able age; se­condly, it’s your choice whether or not to work.

If he con­tin­ues to push you on this, you need to talk to HR, as it’s tan­ta­mount to bul­ly­ing. Even if he stops, it maybe use­ful to ask them to put on some train­ing about age dis­crim­i­na­tion and pen­sion ages, so that other man­agers are also aware.

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