Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

In the case of Aboulossoud v Royal Borough of Greenwich & anor ET/2302909/2016 an employee was awarded almost £7,000 by the Employment Tribunal after it found that one of her managers had made offensive comments about Muslims.

The facts in Aboulossoud v Royal Borough of Greenwich & anor

Ms Aboulossoud (“the Claimant”) worked for the Royal Borough of Greenwich at its Eltham Crematorium. She is of mixed heritage, and a number of her direct family members are Muslim (including her father).

On 8 January 2016 a staff meeting was held, which was attended (among others) by Dawn Squires (Parks and Open Spaces Manager) and the Claimant. At this meeting the Claimant acted as the spokesman for the other employees, and she detailed concerns that another local facility, Kemnal Park, was taking away business from Eltham Crematorium; Kemnal Park has a large dedicated Islamic section in its cemetery.

It was alleged in this meeting that Ms Squires had said: “Do they [the Kemnal Park management] really think that the residents of Bromley would want to be buried next to a Muslim? No offence to the Muslim community but that’s what they do, they move in and take over.”

The Claimant met with Ms Squires a few days later and was told by Ms Squires that she had not expressed a personal opinion in the meeting but was speaking from the point of view of the “true blue Tory” residents of the local area.

Subsequent to this meeting the Claimant submitted a formal complaint regarding Ms Squires’ conduct on 15 June 2019. A grievance process was undertaken and the Claimant was informed on 3 August 2019 that her complaint had been partly held: it was found that the comments had been made by Ms Squires, but that they had not been aimed at the Claimant. The Claimant was told that Ms Squires would be asked to apologise and that Ms Squires would also be sent on equality and diversity training.

The Claimant appealed the grievance outcome but was informed on 21 November 2019 that the appeal had not been upheld.

The Claimant subsequently submitted a claim for religious belief-related harassment to the Employment Tribunal.

The decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET)

The Employment Tribunal held that the following conduct constituted ‘harassment’ for the purposes of section 26 of the Equality Act 2010 ( unwanted conduct related to the Claimant’s perceived religious belief that had the purpose or effect of violating her dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the Claimant): 1) the comment by Ms Squires on 8 January 2016; and 2) the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s failure to deal properly with the Claimant’s grievances.

The Employment Tribunal awarded the Claimant £6,000, plus interest of £846, in respect of injury to her feelings caused by the unlawful conduct.

The Employment Tribunal also criticised the Royal Borough of Greenwich for its failure to implement a comprehensive equality policy, or to train its employees properly in such policies.

Our solicitors’ views on the case of Aboulossoud v Royal Borough of Greenwich & anor

Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment department at Redmans, commented on the case as follows: “This case reminds employers of two things: 1) to set up a detailed equality and diversity policy, and to ensure that its staff are reasonably trained on this; and 2) that any grievances relating to harassment (or any other form of victimisation or harassment) in the workplace are properly and fairly dealt with.”

The decision of the Employment Tribunal in Aboulossoud v Royal Borough of Greenwich & anor ET/2302909/2016 can be found here.

About

Redmans Employment Team deal with employment matters for both employers and employees, including drafting employment contracts and policies, advising employers and employees on compromise agreements, handling day-to-day HR issues, advising on restructures, and handling Employment Tribunal cases for both employers and employees Call 020 3397 3603 to speak to one of the members of our employment team or email us on enquiries@redmans.co.uk. Redmans have offices in Richmond, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kingston, Wimbledon, Ealing, Kings Cross and Marylebone (meetings strictly by appointment only).

Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

Share →

Our awards

Request a callback

Your name

Your email

Your telephone number

Contact us

Please feel free to discuss your own position and concerns. Contact your nearest office on:

T: 020 3397 3603
E: enquiries@redmans.co.uk
W: www.redmans.co.uk

Testimonials

4.76 Average

164 Reviews

Samantha K

Absolutely brilliant thank you. Caroline Lewis is a legend

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

The legal advice was clear and helpful.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Davinder P

Good Service

Posted 2 weeks ago

Adrian V

I was using Redmans services for a Settlement Agreement. Very quick and professional service. The outcome was favourable and I was very pleased with the amendments and results. Pretty glad to recommend them for any type of legal advice.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Very responsive, efficient, clear and supportive. Thank you! Highly recommend.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Tiago S

Chris was always prompt to help me with legal matters that are beyond my comprehension and very helpful leasing with my former employer. I would recommend Redmans Solicitors to everyone who needs help.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

Fast and professional advice tailored to what was needed. Thanks for your help Chris Hadrill and team.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Peter S

Really pleased with the outcome and the advice I had from Chris and Sacha.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Harika A

Redmans solicitor's helped me with my settlement agreement, Chris has been very helpful throughout the process.He was very prompt in his responses and made my settlement look simple.Special thanks to Caroline for her efficient communication, thorough explaination of contract terminology and negotiations.I highly reccommend Redmans solicitors for anyone seeking employment related legal help.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Good and quick service

Posted 3 weeks ago

Ricky D

Very satisfying to be assured of such attention and professionalism.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Excellent service - thankyou

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Efficient, timely and friendly support and advice

Posted 3 weeks ago

Ahmed S

They are always on hand when you need them and provide support even when its not necessary.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Nemen S

Wonderful experience.Chris was very responsive and provided an excellent service. A real professional who I would recommend to anyone

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Their guidance was clear and they provided me with all the information I required. Friendly yet professional

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Chris @ Redmans assisted me with an employment issue. Firstly, he was very proactive in coming back to my initial enquiry and then helped to clearly lay out the options that I had in relation to my position. He then assisted with the preparation of my case, which led to a very satisfactory outcome. I would highly recommend the quality of service & professionalism offered by Redmans Solicitors.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Great service

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Chris was very effective and decisive in dealing with my matter. I felt guided, and the pressure to make decisions was taken off my shoulders; he knew what needed to be done and I was happy to follow his advice. The result of the legal dispute was a great success for me. He is also kind and personable. The only thing that I would say it could be improved, is the accuracy of cost estimation at the beginning: not many activites, that could not have been forseen had to take place, but costs went up more than double in the end. Overall very good and trustworthy. I would definately recommend and use Redmans services again.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Liz P

An excellent professional service was provided by Chris Hadrill and Mel Chin. Efficient and trustworthy - would highly recommend this company.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Redmans Solicitors were great. They were able to advice me quickly and efficiently! I would recommend them, as a good solicitors to use.

Posted 1 month ago