How would you feel if your boss told you that you were “too old for sex”? Unhappy, probably, unless you happened to agree. Mrs Young, a 43-year-old shop supervisor, was subject to this observation - and more - in one of the latest tribunal cases reported by XpertHR.
Mrs Young’s boss, Mrs Emerson, was 34 years old, but the rest of the staff were much younger than both women. Around a week after Mrs Young began work, Mrs Emerson starting showing how uncomfortable she was with Mrs Young and, specifically, her age. Comments made to Mrs Young included that she was “making allowances” and “exceptions” for Mrs Young’s age, and that she was “sick to fucking death” of her.
Mrs Emerson also told Mrs Young that she was “showing her age” after Mrs Young said that she’d been to a nightclub, and when shown some “rubbish” CDs that Mrs Young had brought in to work. She also told Mrs Young that she was “too old for sex”.
Mrs Young was eventually sacked on a false accusation of using the work computer for personal use, and claimed age discrimination against Mrs Emerson personally (the company having gone into administration).