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Age discrimination claim lost by journalist

by on July 24, 2012

The former Daily Telegraph journalist Andrew Gimson has lost his legal claim for unfair dismissal an the grounds of ageism.

He had worked for over seven years as the newspaper’s main parliamentary sketchwriter but, in a decision last week, the employment tribunal (London Central) ruled that the 54-year old’s age discrimination case was “implausible”.

His dismissal had come about after he declined to move to a new role writing leaders for the Daily Telegraph. The paper argued that the new parliamentary sketchwriter, Michael Deacon, was a standout talent and that it had wanted Gimson to bolster its leader-writing team. The tribunal upheld this view that the proposed move could not have had anything to do with his age.

For more details, see Lewis Silkin’s excellent website on age discrimination here which also has a link to a copy of the judgment in this case.

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