For financier John Marshall, his 27 years of service ended with a document he found in a colleague's office drawer. During a hearing at the Central London Employment Tribunal last week, the 60-year-old former head of finance and operations at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia described finding his name on the "target chart" of redundancies, and learning his replacement was to be a 47-year-old woman.

Mr Marshall asserts he is not just a victim of ageism but also sexism and racism by being replaced with a younger colleague whom he claims is no more talented. The bank disputes his version of events, calling it a straightforward redundancy. A decision on the hearing is expected by the end of the year...

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