John McCririck loses age discrimination claim

The racing pundit John McCririck yesterday lost his employment tribunal claim for age discrimination against Channel 4 and IMG Media Ltd.  The 73 year old was axed from the television coverage in 2012 after a new team took over following the acquisition of all UK horse racing events by Channel 4. The television pundit claimed … Read more

Age Discrimination and Retirement Age

Two things have muddied the waters with regard to age discrimination and retirement age. 1.  In 2011 the government abolished the default retirement age.  Previously set at age 65, this was the age at which employers could expect their employees to retire. 2. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of age making … Read more

Pensions Minister “determined” to tackle age discrimination

Steve Webb, the Pensions Minister, has said that he will strive to tackle age discrimination in the workplace. Mr Webb made his commitment on 3 September 2013 when launching a report by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) which has established that European Governments are keen to encourage higher levels of engagement from older workers. According … Read more

Personal Assistant, 52, told: “I need to trade you in for a younger model”

An employment tribunal found that Dawn Bailey, 52, was unfairly dismissed from her role as PA to the Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defence companies, after she developed depression and a chronic illness which left her short of breath and excessively tired. Stephen Ball, the 59-year-old CEO of the UK … Read more

Racing Pundit John McCririck sues Channel 4 for age discrimination

Love him or loathe him, John McCririck has been an eccentric figure on our televisions for 30 years as a pundit for Channel 4 Racing. However, his long career with the broadcaster came to an end recently when IMG Sports Media took over the contract to produce Channel 4 Racing, and a number of the … Read more

Age Discrimination less likely following abolition of Default Retirement Age

The Default Retirement Age was abolished in October 2011, but today, 5 October 2012, is the final say upon which anyone could effectively be forced to retire at the age of 65, which could result in age discrimination. Whereas many employers used the DRA as a means of removing “older” employees and re-employing younger, cheaper … Read more