Some Significant Age Discrimination Cases Reported in 2023

Here are some of the most significant age discrimination cases reported in the UK in 2023:

  1. Eileen Jolly vs. Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital1: An 89-year-old NHS secretary, Eileen Jolly, became the oldest person in the UK to win an age discrimination claim. Her superiors at Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital fired her, claiming that she was stuck in her “old secretarial ways” and that she had demonstrated a “catastrophic failure in performance”. However, the employment tribunal found that “there was evidence of the claimant’s training having been inadequate, incomplete and the ‘on the job’ training was ad hoc and not directed”. While Eileen never got her job back, she did end up £200,000 richer1.
  2. Ms K Hargreaves v I Ambrose and others: 2407961/20222: This case involved age discrimination among other issues. The decision was made on 5 September 2023 and published on 5 October 20232.
  3. Cook v Gentoo Group Ltd EAT/12/20233: This case was reported on
  4. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and another v Matar EAT/1/20233: This case was also reported on
  5. Gregory v Petro Trace Ltd1: The Employment Tribunal found that age was a motivating factor in an employee’s dismissal despite attempts to cast it as performance-related or redundancy1.
  6. Palladino v Reed in Partnership1: It wasn’t age discrimination when younger colleagues said they wanted to go “clubbing” for a work Christmas party1.
  7. Pipe v Coventry University1: An employer’s progression policy could have disadvantaged older workers by asking for a PHD or equivalency, but it was justified. The age discrimination claim in this case would have failed anyway because there were no available promotion opportunities1.
  8. Cook v Gentoo Group Ltd1: An Employment Tribunal must reconsider its decision that a rushed redundancy process was not direct age discrimination1.
  9. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust v Matar1: A finding of direct age discrimination was upheld because an NHS Trust had made age-related assumptions about a locum consultant’s willingness to apply for a specialist register based on his retirement plans1.
  10. Dadhania v SAP (UK) Ltd1: A 61-year-old account manager was unfairly constructively dismissed after being put on a performance improvement plan without warning, but the majority of the Tribunal concluded there was no age discrimination1.


Since the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 age discrimination claims have increased.


Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. For more specific cases, you would need to search the database on the GOV.UK website or consult with a legal professional who specializes in employment law. They would have access to more detailed and specific databases and could provide you with a comprehensive list. Please remember that any information found should be used responsibly and with respect for the privacy and rights of the individuals involved.


Leave a comment

Verified by ExactMetrics