08 December 2008
Ford: Women 'suffer the most from age discrimination'
Female workers suffer more than their male counterparts when it comes to age discrimination, it has been suggested.
Speaking to the Observer, former news presenter Anna Ford - who retired from fronting the BBC lunchtime news in 2006 - suggested that ageism against women in employment is particularly bad in the UK.
She added: "In America, there are women with white hair who are heads of banks, heads of corporations. Where are those women here?"
Meanwhile, Tribunal Service figures cited by the Observer suggest that the number of people claiming to have been the victims of discrimination at work due to their age has more than tripled in a year.
The statistics indicate that there was a rise from 962 in 2006 to 2,940 last year.
It was also shown that there were 1,032 age discrimination claims made in UK tribunals between April and June of this year, compared with 700 claims in the same period in 2007.