07 July 2008
Former worker was victim of age discrimination, tribunal rules
An ex-council worker was the victim of age discrimination and was unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal has ruled.
John Wooster, a 50-year-old former senior consultation officer, had worked for Tower Hamlets council - which controls an area north of the River Thames in east London - 24dash reports.
The council made him redundant months before he became eligible for a lump sum and pension payments.
During a recent hearing, it was found that it was Mr Wooster's age which had caused his dismissal.
He is now claiming £1 million in compensation for injury to feelings, loss of employment until the age of 65 and loss of pension. The amount he will receive is to be decided at a later hearing.
Mr Wooster stated: "This is a great victory. I really hope that this will stop the council from treating anyone else in the appalling way that it has treated me."