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