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Dealer group loses employment tribunal on age discrimination

An employment tribunal has ruled that a franchised dealership unfairly dismissed a 64-year-old employee due to his age.

Michael Nolan was a service team leader at Evans Halshaw Ford in Worksop, part of Pendragon plc, when he was dismissed in a round of redundancies last February.

A tribunal ruled the dismissal was unfair after hearing Nolan had been put in a redundancy "pool of one", that his boss dealer principal David Heeley had previously made comments about his age and had asked him to swap jobs with a younger member of staff.

Because that younger member of staff had not been in the redundancy pool, Nolan had been discriminated against, the tribunal found.

AM has invited Pendragon to comment.

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