Age discrimination: NHS trust justified in dismissing redundant chief executive before 50 to avoid windfall
This report relates to 1 case(s)
Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust  IRLR 491 CA (2 other reports)
age discrimination | direct discrimination | justification
The Court of Appeal has held that the employer was justified in dismissing a senior member of staff, who had been at risk of redundancy for some time, before he reached the age of 50 to avoid him getting a pension "windfall". However, it stressed that this case has unusual facts and it is not opening the door for employers to time a reorganisation solely to prevent an employee from qualifying for enhanced pension rights.