Cyprus / Supreme Court / 287/2008 Avgoustina Xatziavraam v The Cooperative Credit Company of Morphou

Key facts of the case:

The exclusion of the claimant from the recruitment process of the Cooperative Credit Company of Morphou because of her age was challenged before the Supreme Court, after having been examined by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT). The company sets the required age of candidates for the position of assistant clerk-computer operator to be 26 years for high school graduates and 31 years for university graduates. The claimant’s job application was rejected on the ground that she was over the set age limit. Results (sanctions) and key consequences or implications of the case: The Supreme Court agrees with the position of the IDT that, even if during the recruitment process there was discrimination on the ground of age against the claimant, she would not have been hired by the company since the two appointees at the available job positions were more qualified than the claimant. Therefore, the damages would be decided on the fact that her application for the position was not seriously considered. Lastly, the court decision was in favour of the claimant, compensating her with the amount of 1.500 euro including the legal interest since 14 May 2004.