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'Age Concern' and 'Help the Aged' have challenged the default retirement age rules, which enable companies and public sector employers to set a mandatory age at which staff must give up their jobs even if they are able and willing to continue working. 25,000 workers are affected each year, the Guardian reports.
The two charities, which became a single organisation this year, argue that the laws amount to age discrimination and break European Union rules.
Should Mr. Justice Blake decide in the High Court today that compulsory retirement age is not justified, thousands of pensioners who were forced to retire against their will are expected to make compensation claims.