Labour court: Ageism behind rejecting 70-year-old bus drivers

A Swedish bus company has been charged with age discrimination for denying three 70-year-old bus drivers work, Swedish Radio News reports. This is the first time an employer's upper age-limit has been tried in court.

The employer claimed that the men were too old to work for them and cited research on how old age slows down a driver's reaction time and that older drivers pose a greater risk to traffic safety.

But the Swedish Labour Court, which rules on employment related disputes, did not agree.

The court argued that there is no evidence to support that these men were worse drivers just because they had turned 70.

The employers agreed that the drivers had been treated differently because of their age, but did not want to call it discrimination.