McCririck tribunal to begin
Racing pundit John McCririck's employment tribunal over alleged age discrimination is to begin on Monday.
The 73-year-old is taking former employer Channel 4 and TV production company IMG Media Limited to a tribunal, alleging his sacking last year was motivated by age discrimination.
The case, at the Central London Employment Tribunal, is expected to last up to seven days.
McCririck was dropped when the station unveiled a new presenting team headed by Clare Balding.
He later announced his plans to sue Channel 4 for £3million, claiming the broadcaster had axed him because he was too old.
The pundit, who has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, was given the go-ahead to take the case to a final hearing after a pre-hearing review in June.
Speaking ahead of the start of the tribunal, he said: "It (age discrimination) is a scourge on so many people.
"The law is quite clear in the equality act, nobody can be dismissed because of their age. Unless somebody is better than you, you can't be dismissed because of your age.
"The anonymous suits and skirts who run organisations, and not just in the media, make their decisions unaccountable to anybody.
"Nobody can appeal against them and they just get rid of people like this. They want younger people to come in and that is against the law."
McCririck said the tribunal was a "daunting ordeal", but added: "This is a chance for all people, wherever they are employed, who fear that they are going to be sacked because of their age, it's a time for all of them to take heart if the verdict goes for me.
"I'm not in this for the money, all I want is my job back, it's all I have ever asked for. It should never have come to the tribunal but they never back down, the suits and skirts can't be seen to back down."
He said a "punitive exemplary financial penalty" would help end age discrimination, adding: "The only way to end age discrimination for hundreds of thousands of people across the country is to make it a whopping great penalty that no employer will ever again dare use age discrimination against people."
The tribunal at the Central London Employment Tribunal is due to start at 10am.