After new age discrimination laws came into effect in the UK, Alan & Thomas insurance brokers has stopped its custom of circulating birthday cards among the workers, who might be prone to write "ageist" comments. Here’s a story from the Daily Telegraph about it. Instead, acting on legal advice, the directors will send a card directly, presumably stripped of allegations such as that "it’s better to be over the hill than under it."
The firm will not stop the practice of buying cakes, but presumably will make sure they are not decorated with canes, bi-focals or dentures. Staff will still be free to circulate cards mocking someone’s age and exercising their rights to have bad manners, but now must pay for the cards themselves. Via Overlawyered.