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Cook v Gentoo Group Ltd
Mr Cook was made redundant from his job at Gentoo Group simply previous to his fifty fifth birthday.
Under the principles of his pension scheme, members are entitled to a right away fee of their retirement pension with out actuarial discount once they attain the age of 55 and are made redundant, leading to an extra, substantial contribution for the employer.
It was alleged the employer curtailed the redundancy course of to make sure Mr Cook was dismissed earlier than turning 55. Had the redundancy course of not been curtailed, and Mr Cook had been dismissed after his fifty fifth birthday, the employer would have been answerable for a fee of roughly £80,000 into the pension scheme.
Mr Cook introduced a declare for unfair dismissal and direct age discrimination as a result of curtailed redundancy process.
The tribunal at first occasion upheld the declare for unfair dismissal, and located there had been no real endeavour made to seek out acceptable various employment as a part of the method. It additional determined that the tempo at which the redundancy session process had been diminished was unfair. The tribunal additionally decided that if the employer had operated a good process, Mr Cook would have nonetheless been made redundant, however this may have been after his fifty fifth birthday.
However, it additionally discovered that the employer didn’t…
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