07 August 2009
Woman secures payout in age discrimination case
A woman who was the victim of age discrimination has been successful in her bid to secure compensation.
Former medical receptionist Ruth McNeil was asked to leave her role when bosses discovered she was over the age of 65.
She had begun working at doctor's surgery in the Lothians last year.
A week into her training, she handed in a form which contained personal details, including her date of birth.
She was subsequently informed she would have to leave.
Commenting on the events, Ms McNeil said: "I wasn't worth anything that day, I was bursting into tears everywhere I turned. I had to go home that day," stv.tv reports.
Meanwhile, Colin Macfarlane from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), added that her age should not have been an issue.
Launched in October 2007, the EHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Government Equalities Office. It was established under the Equality Act.