NHS secretary, 89, accepts payout in age discrimination case

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NHS secretary accepts payout in age discrimination case after being sacked at 86 'because she wouldn't use the office computer' Eileen Jolly sacked from Royal Berkshire Hospital secretary role aged 86 Managers she would not use computer system because of 'old secretarial ways'  Tribunal heard that she was 'shocked' to hear hurtful comments from colleagues concerned they might walk in to work and find her 'dead on the floor' Jolly, now 89, agreed to out-of-court settlement offered by hospital, who had been found to have not provided adequate training and procedures not followed

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 16:56 BST, 20 October 2019 | Updated: 17:44 BST, 20 October 2019

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NHS secretary Eileen Jolly was sacked from her job at the Royal Berkshire Hospital aged 86 after managers blamed her failing to use a computer system

NHS secretary Eileen Jolly was sacked from her job at the Royal Berkshire Hospital aged 86 after managers blamed her failing to use a computer system

An 89-year-old woman who became the oldest person ever to sue her bosses for age discrimination, has accepted an out-of-court settlement offered by the NHS trust she successfully took to a tribunal.

NHS secretary Eileen Jolly was sacked from her job at the Royal Berkshire Hospital after managers blamed her failing to use a computer system because of her 'old secretarial ways'.

At the age of 86 years, she was escorted out of the Reading hospital's premises following her wrongful dismissal as a result of being discriminated against because of her age.

Widow Mrs Jolly was due to attend a remedy hearing at the employment tribunal offices in Reading last Monday but the hospital trust offered her a cash payment as an out-of-court settlement which prevented the case being opened up in public again. She accepted the sum.

The payment amount remained 'undisclosed' last night and Mrs Jolly was said by neighbours at her home in Tilehurst, Berkshire, to have 'gone away for a few days.'

In a statement yesterday, a spokesman for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust said that the case had been 'upsetting and distressing for all concerned'.

'The trust is disappointed by the outcome in this case. However, the trust has and operates an equal opportunities policy and, following a detailed review of the case, is taking steps ensure that lessons are learned and that all reasonable steps are taken to prevent any form of discrimination from occurring in the workplace.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have agreed an 'undisclosed' out-of-court settlement to prevent the case being opened up in public again

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have agreed an 'undisclosed' out-of-court settlement to prevent the case being opened up in public again

'The trust will comply with the

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