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Client brings Sex/Race Discrimination claim against his employer - a major international corporation

06 September 2010

We recently acted for a client who decided to bring an unfair dismissal, and a sex and race discrimination claim against his employer, a large international company. He was being made redundant as part of a re-structure in the UK operation. 

His complaints centred on his view that women and women of a certain nationality were given preference in terms of alternative roles that were available in the re-structure, which resulted in some employees being given roles ahead of formal interviews that were merely a rubber stamp. In short, the senior manager overseeing the re-structure ensured that her friends and close colleagues were set up with favourable positions.

This was an unusual case as most sex discrimination claims in particular are brought by women and so many clients do not realise that certain parts of the Sex Discrimination Act applies to men as well as women. In addition, the case raised interesting issues concerning nationality, as our client had dual nationality including the nationality he said was being favoured. However, his employer perceived him to be British only and so we were still able to claim under the Race Relations Act.

We brought claims in the Employment Tribunal on his behalf, which resulted in a successful judicial mediation and a sizeable compensation package for our client on the condition that he entered into a compromise agreement.