No age discrimination for Channel 4’s “old fashioned” John McCririck

2013-12-12 Jennifer Renney posted:

The Employment Tribunal has recently considered whether John McCririck, the 72-year old horseracing tv presenter, was unlawfully sacked because of age discrimination when he was taken off Channel 4 racing.

Mr McCririck had a long career in the horse-racing industry and had been a tv presenter covering horse-racing since 1981.

In August 2012, Channel 4 appointed a new production company to provide its horse-racing coverage from January 2013. Channel 4 decided not to retain Mr McCririck who was 72 years old. Mr McCririck brought a claim of age discrimination. The employment tribunal dismissed his claim on the ground that Channel 4's aim was to attract a wider audience to horse racing and that this was a legitimate aim for a broadcaster providing horse-racing coverage on tv, ie in legal speak it was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. It was stated that:

Mr McCririck was dismissed because of his persona emanating from his appearances from celebrity television shows and the associated press articles resulting from them together with his appearances as a broadcaster on Channel 4 Racing where, as he accepted, his style of dress, attitudes, opinions and tic tac gestures were not in keeping with the new aims, and his opinions seen as arrogant and confrontational.

If only Mr McCririck had realised all he needed to do was to dumb down and get himself along to Top Man for a pair of skinny jeans and a hoodie, the job would have been in the bag. Or perhaps instead he should take himself down to the employment appeals tribunal and see what the Judges there think of it all.

For further information about age discrimination, contact Jennifer Renney at Renney and Co Employment Solicitors on 01225 632240 or email us on jennifer@renneyandco.com

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