I recently concluded an Employment Tribunal claim for my client who had been unfairly dismissed from his employment and subject to sex discrimination by his employer. Please read on for information about how I helped, along with my client’s 5-star review.
My Client’s Story
My client had worked happily for his employer for many years and had, in fact, devoted his whole career to their business. However, after having a minor disagreement with his Line Manager, he was then suspended from his employment. Thereafter, he was subject to a very prolonged and prejudicial disciplinary process in which his employer unjustly widened the scope of the disciplinary allegations.
After several very difficult months, my client was unfortunately dismissed from his employment. After a long and successful career, he was understandably devasted. My client therefore rightly submitted an appeal against his dismissal. However, unfortunately, this was unsuccessful. At this time, my client decided to contact us here at Lincs Law Employment Solicitors for assistance.
How Did I Help My Client?
After being dismissed from his employment, my client called Lincs Law Employment Solicitors for assistance. During his free initial telephone enquiry, we were able to discuss his employment matter and reassure him that we could help.
The Fixed Fee Consultation
Following our free initial telephone conversation, I was then delighted my client decided to book in for a Fixed Fee Consultation with me. For more information about this, please see here – https://lincslaw.co.uk/fees/employees/.
Here at Lincs Law Employment Solicitors, our Fixed Fee Consultations are of unlimited duration. This is because we understand when our clients need our assistance, they are often going through a very difficult period of their lives. We are therefore able to spend time discussing our client’s situation fully and their options moving forward.
During my client’s Fixed Fee Consultation, we were able to spend time discussing the following:
- The full background of my client’s situation; and
- My client’s objectives and what he wanted to achieve; and
- His potential Employment Tribunal claims; and
- The value of his claims; and
- The relevant time limits; and
- The next steps to put my client in the best possible position; and
- Funding options available following the Fixed Fee Consultation, if he wanted further assistance from Lincs Law Employment Solicitors.
During our Fixed Fee Consultation, I was able to advise my client he had an excellent Unfair Dismissal claim to pursue in the Employment Tribunal. For more information about this claim, please see my other blog here – https://lincslaw.co.uk/blog/can-you-claim-unfair-dismissal-if-you-have-been-sacked-for-gross-misconduct/.
I also established he had an additional Sex Discrimination claim to pursue against his employer. This being as his employer had contravened the Equality Act 2010 by treating him less favourably on the grounds of his sex. For more information about discrimination claims, please see here – https://lincslaw.co.uk/services/employees/workplace-problems/discrimination-bullying-and-harassment/.
I then formulated an action plan with my client, including how he could pursue his claims in the Employment Tribunal. We also discussed the possibility (and potential value) of negotiating a settlement with his employer. To further improve my client’s position, I also advised him to submit a Subject Access Request to his employer. We discussed how this may provide useful documentation and evidence from his employer to support his claims.
Following our meeting, I also confirmed my advice in writing to ensure my client had a full record of our discussions.
My Full Representation
Following receipt of his letter of advice, I was delighted when my client decided to instruct me to help with his next steps.
As part of my client’s instructions, I firstly assisted in drafting and submitting his Subject Access Request to his employer. For more information about these requests, please see my blog here – https://lincslaw.co.uk/blog/can-i-make-a-subject-access-request-to-my-employer/.
On my client’s behalf, I also initiated and undertook ACAS Early Conciliation (the first step in pursuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal) to try and reach a resolution with his employer. Unfortunately, his employer was not willing to engage in this process. As such, I then drafted and submitted my client’s claims to the Employment Tribunal.
I also contacted my client’s home insurance provider, and I was successful in securing legal expenses cover for him. As a result, I was able to represent my client in the Employment Tribunal at no extra cost to him personally. This included complying with the various Employment Tribunal Orders, attending his Preliminary Hearings and corresponding with his employer (the Respondent in the Employment Tribunal proceedings).
As above, initially, his employer had been unwilling to enter into Without Prejudice negotiations. However, during the Employment Tribunal process they then changed their approach. After some negotiation, I was delighted to be able to agree a significant financial settlement on behalf of my client. This included a compensation payment and an agreed reference for his future employers.
My Client’s Review
I was absolutely delighted to assist my client with the above matter. Particularly, I understood how difficult he had found the process, especially after losing his job after many successful years.
I was also very flattered to receive the following review from my client:
“I feel Kate and others I dealt with were sympathetic to my situation, professional and understood this process was difficult for me. This allowed an acceptable agreement to be reached….”
Lincs Law Employment Solicitors Can Help You
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