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Britain Will Stop Requiring Women to Retire Earlier

Associated Press

British women will be allowed in the future to retire at the same age as men, the government announced.

The Employment Department presented legislation aimed at complying with a ruling by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which held that British law discriminated against women because it allows employers to force them to retire at age 60. Men can work until they reach age 65.

The decision was a victory for Helen Marshall, who had fought a six-year legal battle after being forced to retire at 62 from her job as a public health service dietitian.

The ruling does not affect state retirement benefits, and women retiring at 60 can continue to claim pensions, the department said Tuesday.

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