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NHS secretary becomes oldest person to win age discrimination case

An 88-year-old hospital secretary has become the oldest person in the UK to win an age discrimination case after she was sacked when colleagues complained about her age and “frailty”.

Eileen Jolly was “humiliated” and “degraded” after the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust dismissed her for allegedly failing to upload details of cancer patients into a new electronic database, a Reading tribunal heard.

Judge Gumbiti-Zimuto added there was a “suspicion” Jolly was a “scapegoat” and cited evidence she had received inadequate training which could have led to the mistake.

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March 14, 2019

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