10 January 2008
Man wins first ever Northern Irish age discrimination case
A man from County Down has won the first ever case of age discrimination in Northern Ireland.
Terence McCoy, aged 58, had been turned down for a position as a salesman with timber firm James McGregor and Sons.
An employment tribunal has ruled that, had it not been for his age, he would "more probably than not" have been selected for the role.
Commenting on the incident, Mr McCoy stated: "I know that my experience and knowledge of the timber trade made me a strong candidate for one of these posts.
"I was convinced that I was passed over because of my age and felt as if I had been flung on the scrapheap."
According to research conducted recently by YouGov on behalf of Croner, age discrimination is becoming the most common grievance among employees in the UK, with 11 per cent of people surveyed believing they had at some stage fallen victim to it.