Factory worker, 20, who was dubbed a ‘spoiled child’ and a ‘jumped knows everything’ wins £ 8,000 in ageism
- 20-year-old Jake Rawnsley was called ‘raised know-it-all’ by boss Antony Beall
- He was beaten and pushed while rowing at the Leicester-based factory in 2019
- Labor judge ruled Mr Rawnsley was the victim of ‘inherent discrimination’
- The young employee was paid £ 8,000, which the company said was fair
A young factory worker who was beaten by his boss and labeled a ‘spoiled child’ has received a payout of £ 8,000 for unfair dismissal from the company.
Dubbed an ‘ascended know-it-all’, Jake Rawnsley was pushed by the owner of Leicester-based Queniborough Aluminum Services during a 2019 feud.
An employment judge ruled that boss Antony Beall’s comments made the 20-year-old a victim of ‘inherent discrimination’ and awarded him £ 8,000 in damages – a ruling the company has described as fair.
The East Midlands Tribunal heard in 2018 that Mr Rawnsley, who had been with the company for three years, was tasked with keeping the shops clean and tidy.
On October 17, 2019, there was a confrontation with CEO Mr Beall after Mr Rawnsley asked if other employees should help him with the job.
Mr Beall was heard to lose his temper and then beat the 20-year-old factory worker before pressuring him and telling him to leave.
Jake Rawnsley, 20, was called a ‘jump up know-it-all’ in 2019 and hit and pushed by owner of Leicester-based Queniborough Aluminum Services during a 2019 row
The tribunal was told that Mr. Rawnsley wrote while clocking: Attacked by owner. Don’t feel safe here anymore ‘- and later reported it to the police.
Later that day, Mr. Beall texted Mr. Rawnsley saying, “Jake, this is Tony. Apologies for my half in our incident. My intention is to pay you for today and tomorrow and you can go back to work Monday.
“I’m assuming that if I don’t hear from you and you don’t show up on Monday, you’ve decided to move on. I need a mindset change from you and I am ready to work with you on this. This is called a reflection period. ‘
The labor court heard that Mr. Rawnsley did not answer and instead went to see his primary care physician the next day, who gave him a sick note from October 18 to November 1 and signed him off with stress.
On October 21, the company sent a letter to Mr. Rawnsley. In this letter, Mr. Beall stated that he was a “jumped, know it all, spoiled child.”
The letter ended with, “So the official position of the QAS as of today is that you resigned, if not, you would be fired for gross insubordination.”
In his defense, Mr. Beall told the tribunal that his “ temper has caused him to have at least one other similar confrontation with a person significantly older than [Mr Rawnsley]’.
Judge Martin Brewer agreed that the blow was not enough to prove ageism, stating, “There is no credible evidence that Mr. Beall is arguing alone or losing his temper with people 20 years old.”
However, he concluded that the ‘spoiled child’ comment was enough to prove that Mr Rawnsley was the victim of age discrimination by Mr Beall, despite also lashing out at older workers.
He said, “We believe this comment falls into the category of inherently discriminatory behavior. In other words, it is clear to the Tribunal why [Mr Rawnsley] received the less favorable treatment, his age, and for that reason this claim succeeds. ‘
The judge also ruled that his dismissal was unfair, stating: ‘There was no justification for assaulting Mr Beall [Mr Rawnsley]although he may have regretted it later.
“We find it difficult to imagine the circumstances in which such a dismissal could be anything but unfair.”
As a result, the Tribunal awarded Mr Rawnsley a total of £ 7,949.96, including over £ 5,000 for unfair dismissal and £ 1,000 for ‘injury to feelings’.