Age UK ordered to pay £4,000 after losing age-related harassment case

29 May 2024 News

Adobe, by Vitalii Vodolazskyi

Age UK must pay compensation after an employment tribunal ruled the charity was responsible for age-related harassment.

A preliminary hearing at an employment tribunal ruled that Alexander Martin Cubbin’s case of age-related harassment succeeded, and ordered the charity for older people to pay him over £4,000.

All of Cubbin’s other claims were dismissed.

An Age UK spokesperson told Civil Society: “We are disappointed that this claim was upheld, but we fully respect the court's decision. 

“Age UK prides itself on being a fair employer that actively supports and encourages diversity and inclusion in our recruitment, and we are sorry that on this occasion an applicant did not experience the normal high standards we strive for.”

The charity was told to pay Cubbin compensation for injury to feelings of £4,000 as well as interest at 8% for 362 days in the sum of £316.50, meaning the total it must pay is £4,316.50.

Age UK, which aims to support older people to live their lives free from poverty, isolation and neglect, recorded an income of £123m and expenditure of £130m in the year to March 2023.

Accounts filed with the Charity Commission show this income included £73.7m from donations and legacies, as well as £2.38m from government grants.

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