Posted by Gemma Ospedale, Partner
Zero hours worker received £19,500 for injury to feelings.
In a first instance decision in the Leeds Employment Tribunal, Southern v Britannia Hotels Limited and Another a Claimant has been awarded the sum of £19,500 for injury to feelings. The Claimant was a waitress who worked in one of the Respondent’s hotels under a zero hours contract. She was a 22 year old with a history of mental health problems, of which the Respondent was aware. She claimed that she had been subjected to serious sexual harassment by her line manager, and complained about it to another line manager who told her to lodge a written complaint but did nothing more. She did not want to make a fuss because she was concerned that her shifts would be reduced if she did; but the harassment became sufficiently serious for her to go off sick with stress. She eventually lodged a formal grievance, the outcome of which was that some of the individual’s behaviour was deemed to be inappropriate but no disciplinary action was taken against him.