• Robert Spicer

Age discrimination: “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”


Context of remarks

Case Khan v Adidas UK Ltd (2016) Eq Opp Rev 271:27, East London ET

Facts K, a Muslim, was employed by A as a sales assistant. Colleagues complained of his aggressive behaviour and inappropriate comments. During a disciplinary hearing, a colleague commented “you can’t treat an old dog new tricks”. K complained of age discrimination.

Decision 1. The complaint was dismissed.

  1. The “old dog” remark was not related to the claimant’s age in the context in which it was used. It was said to indicate that K would not be able to change his behaviour,

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