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Telling someone to ‘grow up’ is NOT ageism, tribunal rules after hairdresser sued boss


Telling someone to ‘grow up’ is NOT ageism

  • Jasmine Stunell, 20, was an apprentice hairdresser at Leo Bancroft salon in Weybridge, Surrey in 2017
  • Miss Stunnell claims she was told to ‘grow up’ and pick herself up while sick in the toilets at work
  • A labor court has rejected its claims of ageism

A hairdresser’s apprentice who took legal action after a colleague told her to “grow up” has been dismissed by a court.

Jasmine Stunell, 20, was an intern at Leo Bancroft salon in Weybridge, Surrey, where she claims she was instructed to ‘catch up on herself’ while sick in a toilet at work.

After her departure, Miss Stunell filed age discrimination and constructive dismissal claims against her employer – all of which have been dismissed.

Jasmine Stunell was an apprentice at Leo Bancroft salon in Weybridge, Surrey

The panel said: “The tribunal does not consider that the words ‘growing up’ and ‘getting yourself together’ are in themselves unrelated to age and can be said to anyone, especially someone who is older and behaves childishly.”

Ms Stunell had started as a stylist in January 2017 at the Leo Bancroft Salon in Weybridge, Surrey.

She studied for a vocational qualification on Saturdays, before being apprenticed seven months later.

At the end of her three-month probationary period, owner and manager Leo Bancroft raised some issues with Ms. Stunell’s performance.

The panel heard that she would hide during the day, be late, use her cell phone and have a bad general attitude, including towards customers.

But her performance improved and in February 2018 she officially became an apprentice.

The salon Leo Bancroft is said to have a “very good retention record,” with 70 percent of its stylists fully trained by Mr. Bancroft.

Ms Stunell then claimed that a colleague told her to “grow up” and pull herself through a toilet door while she was ill, the panel heard.

But the tribunal accepted the colleagues’ version of the events when she denied saying so, adding that she has a phobia of people who vomit, so would have been “out the door.”

In addition, Ms Stunell claimed that in an online group chat used by the salon, a colleague said she should be replaced with someone more reliable.

The tribunal also did not consider this age-related and would have been said about any staff member who was late or disappeared during the day without explanation.

The interrogator was told that Ms Stunell has quit her job a number of times due to personal circumstances, but Mr Bancroft was “very supportive” as he knew she had a difficult family life.

After she walked out and resigned, he texted her to say she had “huge potential” and a “bright future ahead,” the panel heard.

Ms Stunell also claimed that she was not allowed to take breaks, but there was no evidence of that.

The tribunal, which was kept at a distance, rejected all of its claims. It also appeared that she had not been bullied or discriminated against at work.

The panel, chaired by Labor Judge Anne Martin, concluded: “In all circumstances, the court finds that Ms Stunell’s claims are unfounded and are dismissed.”



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