Discrimination payment close to £400,000

Discrimination payment close to £400,000

Who would have thought a few years ago, that a compensation payout for Age and Race Discrimination would have totalled close to £400,000, whoever the person and whatever the organisation?

 But the case of Anne Giwa-Amu of mixed Nigerian and Welsh descent who was wrongfully dismissed while working for the Department of Work and Pensions has done just that.

 She went on sick leave in March 2017 and was unlawfully dismissed in October that year for being unable to return to work, according to the tribunal. Her final pay cheque had been withheld and she had been living on £55 per week, the court heard.

 Judge Howden-Evans said DWP staff had deliberately created a “hostile environment” for Giwa-Amu and ordered the department to pay out more than £386,000 in compensation, including £42,800 for injury to feelings.

 Once again, it brings home how careful one has to be as an employer of  staff when wishing to terminate a worker’s employment and to consider if the person could possibly have any grounds for taking a complaint to an Employment Tribunal.

 

The Graham Agency, keeping you informed,

 

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