A man and a father based out of United Kingdom has won an age and sex discrimination claim after being rejected for an NHS job, because he would not fit in with the ‘millennial women’ who worked there.
Neil McClements, 50, applied for a project manager role and was the highest ranked candidate, a tribunal heard. However, he was turned down after potential colleagues — known to support social justice causes, including feminism and gender equality — were consulted.
The team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS trust in London was predominantly female and in their early 30s, with one doctor describing herself as a millennial on social media, as reported by thesun.co.uk. They observed the father of two was nothing like the young woman he would be replacing.
A much younger female candidate got the near £40,000 (Rs 40,00,000) a year post, even though she performed less well in the 2018 interviews.
Mr McClements of Spalding, Lincs, was told that his would-be boss felt she would be uncomfortable giving instructions to someone old enough to have an 11-year-old daughter.
Comments made by the team included questioning whether Mr McClements was too experienced, whether he was too senior and how he was ‘very different’ to the woman he was replacing.
A panel in Croydon, South London, headed by Judge Tony Hyams Paris ruled he suffered age and sex discrimination and ordered the NHS trust to pay him £7,580 (Rs 7,50,000) compensation.
As reported by metro.co.uk, the tribunal heard that during his presentation Mr McClements, who was 47 at the time, used visual aids including a Minion backpack featuring the yellow characters from the Despicable Me film series.
He explained that Minions were playful, servile, cartoon film characters associated with a soundtrack of the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.
During their questioning…the panel found that the (interview) panel sought to establish (his) willingness to work for others that were younger than him and perform more menial tasks. In the end, (he) was asked during his presentation “Will you be a minion?”‘