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Younger or less experienced?

25 January 2010 #Employment

In another case concerning age this week, but this time in the UK, an employment tribunal has held that a 42 year old Head of Marketing, who did not fit a "younger" profile, was subjected to age discrimination. 

In Beck v Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (2010), the bank failed to justify use of the word "younger" when seeking to recruit a replacement for Mr Beck who they were making redundant. The tribunal did not accept the bank`s argument that the recruitment brief for someone with a "younger, entrepreneurial profile" simply meant someone "less experienced". Consequently, Mr Beck`s claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination were successful.

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