No age discrimination by Channel 4 in John McCririck claim

By Karen Fletcher

Following an employment tribunal’s recent decision that John McCririck did not suffer age discrimination when he was replaced as a TV racing pundit, what steps can employers take to guard against similar claims?

John McCririck’s age discrimination case against Channel 4 and IMG Media (the production company behind the Channel 4 racing programmes) has been well documented in the press. Many thought that he would succeed, particularly in light of Miriam O’Reilly’s successful age discrimination claim in 2011 following her removal from Countryfile on BBC1, as the facts of this case seemed similar.

However, on 13 November 2013 a tribunal ruled that 72-year-old Mr McCririck’s direct age discrimination claim failed. This article looks at the reasons for the difference in the decisions and the steps employers can take to help protect themselves against similar claims…

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