A senior employee was dismissed which was found by the Employment Tribunal to be discrimination by the company on the grounds of his age.
The company considered that it was top heavy with 'older, grey-haired consultants' and should recruit 'cheaper, younger consultants'. The employee was considered 'stuck in his ways' and the redundancy selection was pre-determined, based on his age.
His general health deteriorated as a consequence of feeling ‘past it’, he had trouble sleeping and he was diagnosed with depression.
He was awarded £16,480 for injury to feeling plus compensation for loss of earnings.