HR advisor, 45, who sued when younger colleagues wanted to go clubbing rather than to a restaurant or family friendly farm for the company Christmas party loses age discrimination case
A middle-aged HR advisor who sued for age discrimination when her younger colleagues wanted to go clubbing rather than to a restaurant or a farm for the company Christmas party has lost her case.
Claudia Morel-Zifonte Palladino was offended after her suggestion of a family-friendly venue for the work bash was rejected because other staff wanted to go somewhere more ‘entertaining’.
The 45-year-old said her younger colleagues – the majority of whom were in their 20s – had derided her choice and told an employment tribunal she had suffered a ‘detriment’ as a result.
But her argument was dismissed by a judge, who ruled that simply being disagreed with is not discrimination or harassment.
A preliminary hearing was told Mrs Palladino worked for Reed in Partnership at the firm’s office in Welwyn Garden City, Herts, where she was the second oldest employee.