Nikolas Clarke represented the successful claimant in a sexual harassment and direct sex discrimination constructive dismissal case.
From 2013 until she resigned in 2021, the claimant was employed as a receptionist at a veterinary practice.
Over the years that she worked there, she experienced various incidents of harassment by the business owner, some involving his drunkenness. These culminated in him calling her a female genitalia-specific term of abuse for which he did not apologise.
The tribunal’s findings
- Her employer had treated the claimant and other female employees less favourably than male employees. This behaviour consisted of unwanted remarks and names ‘blondie ’as well as unwanted physical contact.
- She was subjected to harassment related to her sex including innuendo and requesting or proposing a sexual relationship.
- She had been constructively dismissed without notice.
Damages will be decided at a remedy hearing in September.