14 January 2008
Senior employee found to be victim of age discrimination
A senior employee has been found to have been the victim of age discrimination by the panel of a recent employment tribunal.
Dennis Publishing, an independent publishing firm with operations predominantly based in the UK and US, was said to have directly discriminated against the 55-year-old worker on the grounds of age when selecting him for redundancy, Workplace Law Network reports.
The tribunal also determined that there was a more general culture of age discrimination within the organisation, with cheaper, younger staff being viewed as preferable to older, more expensive employees.
Reportedly, the publishing firm was able to offer no explanation for the discriminatory treatment of the member of staff.
According to statistics recently produced by YouGov on behalf of Croner, the number of employment tribunals taking place in the UK rose by 15 per cent over the last 12 months.