Employee wins age discrimination case

15 November 2007 by
Employee wins age discrimination case

A 20-year-old woman sacked by a private members club for being "too young" has won a landmark age discrimination case.

Megan Thomas, who worked as a membership secretary at the Eight Members Club in London, said she had been unfairly dismissed by managers after being told she was not old enough to deal with its members.

A ruling by a London Employment Tribunal, thought to be the first of its kind relating to discrimination against younger people, ruled that Thomas was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against because of her age.

The tribunal chairman gave a default judgment because Eight Members Club did not oppose her claim meaning the issue was not contested in court and the chairman did not have to give reasons for his verdict.

Since the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 came into force on 1 October 2006, most cases have referred to age discrimination for older members of staff.

After the ruling Thomas, from Shirley Oaks Village in Surrey, said: "I was told I was too young and if they had met me a few years later there may not have been a problem."

However, the club will appeal the decision, on the grounds it employed several young people.

The club's owner said he was planning to end Thomas' contract of employment because she had made "mistakes".

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