Sacked 88-year-old hospital secretary becomes oldest person ever to win age discrimination case

Sacked 88-year-old hospital secretary becomes oldest person ever to win age discrimination case

Mrs Jolly, who has a heart condition, told the hearing in Reading that she had not taken a single day off sick for 10 years, despite suffering a heart attack at work in 2004 when she had to be resuscitated by a surgeon.

Although she was blamed for not uploading details of women awaiting breast reconstruction surgery which put the trust at risk of a government fine, an employment judge ruled Mrs Jolly and her managers had different ideas about what her role entailed.

Ruling on the hearing, judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto said: “The Claimant did not understand her role the way that her managers understood her role.

“The role that the Claimant understood she was performing, she was performing competently.

“There is a suspicion of the Claimant being a scapegoat, the Claimant was not offered training where it might be considered appropriate.

“There was evidence of the Claimant’s training having been inadequate, incomplete and ‘on the job’ training was ad hoc and not directed.”

Speaking from her Berkshire home, the 88-year-old said: “I have not read the judgment yet. I am seeing my solicitor either this week or next week.”

Don Fairley, Director of Workforce at the Royal Berkshire Trust said: “The Trust takes staff welfare extremely seriously along with our responsibility to provide safe and effective care to patients. We acknowledge the judgment of the tribunal and will be considering our next steps.”

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