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In Roberts v Cash Zone the employment tribunal decided that an 18 year-old was harassed on grounds of age when the employer made various comments about during a performance meetings.

Cash Zone described the employee as a ‘kid’, a ‘stroppy kid’ and a ‘stroppy little teenager’. While the tribunal concluded that ‘teenager’ was an accurate description, it was held to have been used in a pejorative, rather than factual, sense.

The employee was awarded £2,000 in compensation.

The amount can be put down to there having been a series of intentionally critical comments, as opposed to a one-off remark.