Old Age Clause in CEO Employment Pact

SFe - Washington. A German private limited company hired a chief executive officer with a fixed-term employment contract that ran through 2018 but terminated him in 2016 at age 60 under a retirement age clause in the same contract.

The CEO sued, claiming a violation of sections 1 and 7(1) of the General Equal Treat­ment Act. The statute is fairly new and lacks precedential construction on the issue. On June 29, 2017, the Court of Appeal, Oberlandesgericht, in the Hamm district de­ci­ded in the matter 8 U 18/17 that the contractual retirement age clause was compatible with the anti-age-discrimi ...

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