26 February 2008
Mother wins age discrimination claim
A mother has won her claim of age discrimination against a care home - the majority shareholders of which were her two sons and ex-daughter-in-law.
Margaret Todd sued the organisation after a liquidator brought in following a directors' dispute gave her just 12 weeks notice of her retirement date, the Glasgow Daily Record reports.
A tribunal ruled that the care home had breached new employment regulations relating to age equality because it should have given the 71-year-old sixth months notice.
Ms Todd has been awarded £310 in compensation and still has her administrative role at the home.
Commenting on the case, she said: "Let's just say that this was purely a matter of principle. The compensation is only a few hundred pounds and it really isn't going to make that big a difference."
Figures released earlier this month by AXA suggested that one in five employees who retired before the age of 65 claimed to have experienced pressure from their employer to do so.