20 May 2010
Senior manager awarded compensation in age discrimination case
A woman has succeeded in her claim of age discrimination against her former employer.
Linda Sturdy was a senior manager at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds and had worked there for 17 years when bosses told her she had to reapply for her post following an internal reshuffle, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
The 60-year-old was subsequently replaced by someone 13 years younger that she was.
She decided to take legal action against the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which employs a total of more than 14,000 staff members over six main sites.
In a new development, Ms Sturdy has been awarded £40,000 after it was ruled managers had behaved in a "high-handed, malicious, insulting and oppressive" way towards her.
Commenting on the outcome, she said: "I can't believe that I am free from it. I can't wait to burn all the files and folders from under the stairs with a ceremonial bonfire."
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