An advertisement for a job vacancy breaches the General Equal Treatment Act (the AGG), and constitutes age discrimination, if it specifically stipulates that the company is looking for "young" applicants.
In this case the employer was advertising to find a candidate to fill a one year fixed-term contract and the advertisement noted that the workplace was looking for a "committed young lawyer". The claimant, a lawyer who applied unsuccessfully, felt he was discriminated against because of his age. The Federal Labour Court, in upholding the applicant's claim, ordered the defendant employer to pay one month's salary as compensation. This case underlines the fact that advertisements for job vacancies must be drafted using age-neutral descriptors (unless any age discrimination can be justified pursuant to the AGG).