The biggest theatre operator in the UK has been fined £40,000 after an employment tribunal judged it unfairly dismissed one of its front-of-house managers.
Live Nation was given the fine and an order to pay money towards compensation of £42,209 after Ghannam Hussain, 51, was last year sacked from his job at the Bristol Hippodrome, a city centre theatre founded in 1912.
The company had cited gross misconduct as the reason for the sacking, but the tribunal chose to uphold the complaint from Mr Hussain that he was fired on the basis of his age, the Stage reports.
According to the final judgement from the tribunal, the senior management at Live Nation had been "working in the background throughout 2006, without taking any responsibility themselves, looking for an opportunity to get rid of the claimant".
It also highlighted the fact that a significant amount of praise for Mr Hussain's work had been given by various witnesses.