LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — An Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has come down on the side of Live Nation in the case of an employee who was claiming he had been dismissed because of age discrimination.
Mr G Hussain, the front-of-house manager at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre had been let go in part due to what Live Nation managers perceived as difficulty in being managed by younger female staff members. This, Mr. Hussain contends, was ageism and after taking the case to an Employment Appeals Tribunal won, The Register reported.
Live Nation appealed the ruling however, arguing that Hussain's fears did not amount to age discrimination and the Employment Appeals Tribunal concurred.
"An unjustified or unreasoned belief that the claimant himself has ageist tendencies may render a dismissal unfair, but it does not begin to justify an inference that he has been dismissed by reason of his age," said the EAT's ruling. "We agree with [Live Nation] that were it otherwise, no employer could safely deal with a suspected discriminator for fear that they would be found to be discriminating." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers