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Too expensive for the job amounted to age discrimination

A senior solicitor was discriminated against because of his age after his application for a job at a law firm was rejected because he was "expensive". After turning down the solicitor, the firm had altered the job requirements to suit a more junior solicitor. The tribunal held that in this case, “expensive” was “synonymous with him being an experienced and older solicitor”.

He was awarded £13,188 which was a reduced figure to take into account:

  1. On the basis that a "clash of personalities" upon his arrival at the firm would have meant that the appointment would only have lasted for one month before he was given a week's notice, and

  2. the firm had ceased to carry out work in the claimant's area of law in the months following the interview.

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