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An NHS manager has won approximately £187,000 after losing her job at the age of 56 as a result of being “too old”.

Her employer was criticised by the Tribunal Judge for attempting to “defend the indefensible” after manager, Linda Sturdy, was dismissed twice after bosses broke employment laws banning age discrimination.

Mrs Sturdy applied for a job running the breast screening service for 124,000 women and seemed the preferred candidate for the job but when she advised that she was approaching retirement age.  The tribunal heard that a trust boss told her “I didn’t realise you were so old”.  The job was then given to a 43 year old colleague who had at least 35 years less experience than Mrs Sturdy.

To make matters worse Mrs Sturdy was sacked in May 2008 after refusing to take a more junior role.

In addition to the £187,000 Compensation, the NHS Trust face a hefty bill for legal costs.

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