How JWT Was Hit With—and Lost—a Lawsuit About Discriminating Against Men

A U.K. tribunal report shows how the agency's public diversity discussions spiraled into a legal battle


In 2018, five male employees of agency J. Walter Thompson’s creative department were made redundant, leading to a lawsuit that alleged discrimination on the agency’s part.

The case was brought by former creative directors Chas Bayfield and Dave Jenner, both white heterosexual men in their 50s. They claimed their jobs had been cut after they complained about a conference presentation describing JWT as having a “lurking reputation” for being “white, British, privileged [and/or] straight.”

A recent ruling by a U.K.

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