09 June 2008
Age discrimination victim gets £70k payout
A man from Northern Ireland has won compensation of £70,000 after experiencing age discrimination.
Terence McCoy was rejected for two sales posts with Belfast company James McGregor & Sons - which supplies timbers to consumers across the world. He was 58 at the time.
He took the case to an employment tribunal, which has now ruled that the firm made a link between age and "drive", the BBC reports.
It drew an inference of discrimination from the use of the phrase "youthful enthusiasm" which appeared in advertisements for the positions.
In addition to the payout, the firm has agreed to liaise with the Equality Commission regarding its practices.
Commenting on his victory, Mr McCoy said: "I am relieved that this is now at an end, but I feel it is unfortunate that I was treated in such a way that it was necessary to take this action in the first place."