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Equalities Act and the minimum wage

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Roger Le Mesurier

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I am writing to request the department position on age discrimination and the lower minimum wage for under 18s, of £4.35 accordingly.
Direct Age discrimination is described in law as to when you’re treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic, age being one of the protected characteristics.
If a 17-year-old is doing the same work, job and hours as a 21-year-old, under the Equalities act paying the 17-year-old less is age discrimination; however, the minimum wage for a 17-year-old is less than that of a 21-year-old.

With this in mind, my question is as follows:

Which law takes precedence when it comes to pay. Is the hypothetical 17-year-old in question entitled to the same hourly rate as the 21-year-old for doing the same job, or not?
And if not, how does the Equalities Act justify this age bases discrimination.

If you need any clarification, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Yours faithfully,

Roger Le Mesurier

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