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Uni principal alleges unfair dismissal and age discrimination

Uni principal alleges unfair dismissal and age discrimination

An employment tribunal is set to take place on the grounds of unfair dismissal after an academic claimed he was relieved of his duties at a university due to age discrimination.

Colleagues of professor Bernard King at Abertay University were informed by email that he had retired from his post as principal at the educational institute.

However, this was apparently distributed to staff prematurely ahead of a briefing as Professor King has insisted this message was "not accepted".

As a result, the 65-year-old has now lodged a grievance complaint against the Dundee-based institution - which has around 5,000 students - as he believes he has been purposefully dismissed purely because of his age.

In an official statement released on his behalf in order to clarify the situation, it was said that Professor King "has not retired and remains in dispute with the university over the terms of an extension of contract agreed with the university last year".

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Posted by Cheryl Bennett