A CEO’s perception that older people are less able to grapple with technology has played a part in a successful age discrimination claim. The case arose from the dismissal of a 55 years old finance director. The Employment Tribunal involved heard that the executive had urged trhe woman to “calm down…..don’t let the hormones get out of control”. It decided this was evidence he saw her as older, or menopausal. But there was also evidence a recruiter had been asked to search for a candidate who was more in tune with a young tech startb up company and that the CEO considered older people not to be familiar with IT.

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