Superdry ordered to pay £96k after failing to promote designer because she was too old to leave
Posted on 16th July 2022 at 21:38
A fashion designer has been awarded £96k after being passed over for promotion due to her age.
Despite having 30 years’ experience and receiving brilliant performance reviews, Ms Sunderland repeatedly saw her younger, less experienced colleagues promoted above her.
Ms Sunderland, who is in her fifties, said that she felt humiliated and degraded and eventually resigned.
The tribunal heard that bosses had assessed Ms Sunderland as being a low ‘flight risk’ compared with her younger colleagues. The tribunal concluded that Superdry failed to promote Ms Sunderland ‘because they judged that there was little risk of her leaving the business no matter how she was treated... We find that a similarly valuable designer who was significantly younger… probably would have been promoted.’
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