Commenting on Miriam O’Reilly’s ageism victory against the BBC, Dr Ros Altmann, Director General of Saga, said:
“This should be a warning to any and every employer that age discrimination is unacceptable, intolerable, and has no place in the 21st century, and that it will be punished to the full extent of the law when it is proven.
“It is clear that there are still employers at all levels and in all fields who do what they can to employ younger, less experienced, cheaper and subjectively more attractive people, and, in my opinion, more older people should be tackling this issue head on more often. For every age discrimination claim that makes it to the surface I believe there are hundreds if not thousands that go uncontested.
“That Miriam O’Reilly appears to have been subject to age discrimination on the grounds of vanity and appearance is massively insulting.
“There is great experience behind every wrinkle, and a successful claim such as this will hopefully go some way towards ensuring that the faces of the media in whatever format are representative of the population, that age is not penalised in any form of employment, and that jobs are maintained or offered on the grounds of ability and suitability rather than age or looks.”
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