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Retired Oxford don wins age discrimination claim

Retired Oxford don wins age discrimination claim

Prof Ewart said he was delighted "especially for colleagues about to be made to retire in middle of important work"
An Oxford professor forced to retire at 69 was unfairly dismissed by the university, an employment tribunal has ruled.Physicist Paul Ewart was discriminated against on the grounds of age when his contract was not renewed in September 2017, the hearing found.Current Oxford University policy means staff in senior grades must retire the September before they turn 69.A spokesperson said it was considering its options, including an appeal.Prof Ewart said he was delighted "especially for colleagues about to be made to retire in middle of important work".
He told the BBC he hoped he would be able to work with the university to move forward and avoid further disputes.The university introduced the Employer Justified Retirement Age policy (EJRA) in 2011 in a bid to bring younger and more diverse staff into posts. In 2017 it changed the age from 67 to 68.In its judgement, the tribunal in Reading said the EJRA was highly discriminatory and it was "hard to think of a more severe discriminatory impact"."There can hardly be a greater discriminatory effect in the employment field than being dismissed simply because you hold a particular protected characteristic," it said.It also said the university had failed to justify its policy.In May, another Oxford don, Prof John Pitcher, lost a similar claim against the university after he was made to retire at 67.
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