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'I cried when forced to retire on 63rd birthday'

Published 22/10/2015

"Shortly before turning 63 I was told I was too old to work.

"I had been employed by Dunnes Stores as a security manager for nine years, but when I reached 60 I was brought in and put on a year-long contract.

"They renewed my contract until last year, when I was about to turn 63.

"I was sent a three-line letter saying I would retire on December 2 - my birthday, and just three weeks before Christmas.

"I was devastated.

"I live on my own, I am the sole earner and always believed that I would work until I was 65.

"I brought the letter to my manager, who contacted my area manager.

"The following week I received another letter, again confirming my retirement date would be December 2.

"I retired from work on my birthday.

"After leaving for the last time I went out to my car and cried and cried.

"I enjoyed working, I loved my job. In my nine years with Dunnes Stores I felt I was a loyal and hard-working employee.

"I was in good health and was rarely absent because of sickness.

"The Equality Commission supported me every step of the way.

"I am delighted that Dunnes Stores has agreed to work with the Equality Commission to review its policy on age discrimination.

"Hopefully, this will avoid similar cases in the future."

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