14 September 2009
Newspaper editor 'subject to unfair dismissal'
A former newspaper editor who lost his job last year was the victim of unfair dismissal, a tribunal has ruled.
In September 2008, David Hart was selected by bosses at the Haverhill Echo for redundancy as part of a cost-saving exercise.
The organisation was suffering due to a fall in revenue caused by declining advertising.
He had worked at the publication for over three decades, beginning there as a trainee reporter.
Mr Hart alleged that the way he was selected for redundancy was unfair.
A further hearing will take place during which the amount of compensation the former employee will receive will be determined.
Earlier this year, the Age and Employment Network suggested that older workers in the UK are feeling increasingly victimised during the recession as employers seek to make staff cutbacks to save money.
It found that 72 per cent of people aged over 50 who were polled believed employers saw them as "too old".