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13 Aug 2007

Group life cover discrimination?
Hi, my employer enforces compulsory membership upon married male employees of a member funded Wife's Life Assurance Scheme. This scheme pays the male employee twice his annual salary in the event of his wife's death. In this company a married woman is not allowed to join this scheme. Upon enquiry through senior management why married woman were not allowed to join the scheme I was advised that because men normally die younger than woman do it would be too costly for the scheme. I find this sexist and discriminatory, but I am unsure what the law prescribes. Can you tell me whether, as a female, I have a legal leg to stand on in trying to join the scheme through my company? Thankyou.
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Labour lawyer

01 Jan 0001

This scheme does sound discriminatory and should be reported to the Pension Fund Ombudsman

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