04 March 2008
Woman wins compensation in age discrimination case
A woman has been awarded compensation after claiming she had been dismissed from her old job for being too young.
Leanne Wilkinson, who was 18 years old at the time of her sacking, had worked as an administrative assistant for Springwell Engineering, SMEweb reports.
She claims she was told that she was too young for the job and that the firm required someone older with more experience.
During an employment tribunal, Ms Wilkinson was awarded £16,000 in compensation.
Springwell Engineering was accused during the hearing of relying on a "stereotypical assumption that capability equals experience and experience equals older age," with the tribunal adding "age was the predominant reason for the decision to dismiss".
According to figures recently produced by AXA, ageism in UK workplaces in still common, with one in five employees who retire before the age of 65 claiming to have experienced pressure to do so from their employer.