New rules aimed at banning discrimination by employers, covering areas such as age, disability and pay, have come into force.The Equality Act covers many workplace areas and draws nine separate pieces of legislation into a single Act.
The national minimum wage has risen to £5.93 an hour from £5.80 and for the first time people aged 21 will benefit from the rate.[...]There are also corresponding increases for younger workers, with 16 and 17-year-olds seeing a rise from £3.57 an hour to £3.64.
So in effect, if an employer were to deny a 17 year old a promotion on the basis that they were too young, they'd be liable to prosecution under the new Equality Act. However, the government is totally at liberty to limit minimum wage payments for those under 21.
Some are obviously more equal than others. . .