In December 2010 the first dispute regarding age discrimination in Sweden was settled by the Labour Court. In the case before the court a 62-year old job applicant, who was neither called for an interview nor offered the job, challenged the recruitment procedure, claiming that he was better qualified for the job than the applicants who had been called for interview.

The Labour Court agreed that the applicant fulfilled the requirements set out by the company regarding education and work experience, and was better qualified than the applicants who had been called for interview, including the person who was offered the job.

Thus, on these grounds, the court declared that the job applicant had been discriminated against due to his age. As a consequence, the company was obliged to pay damages to the job applicant amounting to €7,000.

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