Not Fitting In?
There are many reasons why you may not be selected for a job after what you thought was a good interview.
Some reasons maybe perfectly acceptable while others are definitely not. Being told you would not fit in with other staff is one of the non-acceptance reasons. A recent case at an employment tribunal demonstrated just this.
In this instance, a middle-aged father was discriminated against when the NHS rejected him for a job on the grounds that he would not fit in with younger female colleagues, a tribunal ruled.
Despite being the highest scoring candidate in the application process, Neil McClements, 50-year-old father of two, was turned down for the post at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS trust in London.
The decision was taken heard the employment tribunal at Croydon, against a backdrop of the team he would have joined, was primarily aged around 30 years old and all female.
Despite not performing as well as Mr.Clements in the interview, a female candidate in her twenties was selected for the job.
Informing he had not been selected, his female would-be manager said it was because she would feel uncomfortable giving instructions to someone old enough to have an 11-year-old daughter.
The employment tribunal panel, led by Judge Tony Hyams-Parish, ruled that Mr McClements was the victim of both age and sex discrimination and awarded him more than £7,000.
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