Not Fitting In?

Not Fitting In?

We have have brought to your attention many  times, how excluding a candidate for any work, including Domestic and Household, on the basis of age, can lead to an Employment Tribunal and heavy penalties…..

However, a recent case demonstrated again how wide the discrimination net can be cast.

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 by 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.


The Graham Agency, keeping you informed.