23 November 2012
Elderly worker sues B&Q for unfair dismissal
Unfair dismissal compensation is being sought by an elderly woman who claims she has been a victim of age discrimination.
Irene Mullinger, who is 81-years-old, worked at the Bletchley branch of B&Q for nearly 25 years and planned to remain there, but alleges she was forced to leave in August this year after the DIY chain offered her non-negotiable contractual changes.
Ms Mullinger had worked 12 hours per week on weekday mornings for the last ten years but claims management at the store asked her to work alternate weekends, as well as completing early and late shifts on five days out of seven on a four-week rota.
Her legal writ alleges that B&Q made it clear that her employment would be terminated should she decide to reject these proposals.
"It's strange not working ... I wasn't ready to be retired. I'm still fit and healthy and I had planned to carry on working for as long as I could," she stated.
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Posted by Francesca Witney