Harassment

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  • Witnessing line manager's recreation of scene from film Ghost at office party was not sexual harassment

    Date:
    25 February 2015
    Type:
    Law reports

    The employment tribunal in this case had the unusual task of deciding whether or not a female employee was sexually harassed when she witnessed her male line manager and another man re-enacting a scene from the film Ghost at an office party. While the tribunal found that this incident was not harassment under the Equality Act 2010, the employer was ordered to pay the claimant £2,000 for several other incidents that displayed her line manager's "predilection for innuendo", and to reimburse £1,200 in tribunal fees to the claimant.

  • Unlawful discrimination: EAT applies uplift to injury to feelings awards

    Date:
    18 August 2014
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that the bands of compensation for injury to feelings caused by unlawful discrimination should be uplifted by 10%. The EAT also held that an employee must make a complaint in writing to trigger a formal grievance procedure.

  • £7,680 for man sexually harassed by male colleagues

    Date:
    19 May 2014
    Type:
    Law reports

    In this unusual tribunal decision, a male employee successfully claimed sexual harassment against two other men, including the owner of the business.

  • Illegality did not prevent sex discrimination claim

    Date:
    10 March 2014
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the fact that a claimant had worked under an illegal contract did not prevent her from claiming sex discrimination.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 October 2013
    Type:
    Law reports

    David Malamatenios is a partner, and Linda Quinn, Krishna Santra, Sandra Martins and Melissa Powys-Rodrigues are solicitors at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Manager's "sexual favours" remark was not sexual harassment

    Date:
    22 March 2013
    Type:
    Law reports

    In this case, the employment tribunal found that a manager's single remark, despite being of a sexual nature, was intended as a joke and did not amount to sexual harassment.

  • Dress and appearance: requirement for male firefighter to have short hair not direct sex discrimination

    Date:
    7 March 2013
    Type:
    Law reports

    The employer in this tribunal case successfully defended a man's sex discrimination claim over the common issue of its dress and appearance code applying different rules to men and women.

  • Type:
    Legal timetable

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 repeals s.40(2) to (4) of the Equality Act 2010, which provides that the employer will, in certain circumstances, be liable where an individual is harassed by a third party.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 September 2012
    Type:
    Law reports

    Sarah Wade, Rosie Kight, Amy Ross-Sercombe, Kate Edminson and Lydia Newman are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Sabotage of heterosexual employee's Facebook page to suggest he is gay was sexual orientation harassment

    Date:
    23 July 2012
    Type:
    Law reports

    This decision is a reminder to employers and employees that it is possible for a heterosexual employee to be subjected to sexual orientation discrimination, even if the harasser knows that the employee is not gay.

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HR and legal information and guidance relating to harassment in relation to sex.