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Today’s hot topic: 50th birthday blues


A LEGAL secretary sued her employers for age discrimination after they sent her a card, signed by all the staff, to celebrate her 50th birthday. 

Hilary Munro, who said she was ‘a private person’, claimed she felt ‘ambushed, punched, slapped and humiliated’. She resigned from the firm of solicitors in Salisbury some weeks later.

A tribunal in Bristol dismissed her claim after hearing that it was office practice to send birthday cards. The ruling said: ‘We concluded that the birthday card was intended as an act of kindness. The claimant’s sensitivity about her age appeared unusual and extreme.’

Would you be upset to receive a 50th birthday card? Discuss!

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