The Court of Appeal ruled that awarding points for long service when selecting employees for redundancy does not amount to age discrimination. This ruling upheld the decision of the High Court which found that: "The criterion of length of service respects the loyalty and experience of the older workforce and protects the older employees from being put onto the labour market at a time when they are particularly likely to find employment hard to find." Rolls Royce had asked the High Court for clarification regarding the concern that taking long service into account amounted to indirect age discrimination against younger employees.

Rolls Royce v Unite the Union, High Court (2009)