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Mandatory Retirement Age Legal, EU Court Rules

Law360 (October 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that national mandatory retirement ages do not violate employment discrimination laws.

In reaching its decision, the European Court of Justice considered whether the principle of equal treatment laid out in the Union's Directive 2000/78, which bars age bias against workers, takes precedence over national laws enforcing mandatory retirement ages.

The panel of judges determined that compulsory retirement clauses in employment contracts do not overstep the EU's age discrimination laws as long as the legislation adapts social security laws...
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