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Summary

How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, represented a client in settlement agreement negotiations, and secured an ex-gratia payment for the client.

Situation

Selina (not her real name) worked in sales for a large company. During the course of her employment, a photograph was taken of her (without her consent) while she was wearing a bikini and this photo was sent to a number of colleagues without her consent. One of her colleagues then threatened to Selina that he would display this photo of her on a projector in public.

Selina was extremely with her colleagues’ conduct and she contacted Redmans to see if she could obtain some legal help. She spoke to Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans.

What we did

When Selina contacted the employment team at Redmans she wanted to see what could be done about her situation at work – she thought she might have to leave her job in order to solve the situation.

Chris Hadrill, the partner in the employment team at Redmans, helped Selina with her case.

Chris explained to Selina that her colleagues’ actions (in taking the photo and then distributing it) were inappropriate and constituted sexual harassment, as this conduct was sexual in nature, unwanted by Selina, and had the purpose or effect of violating Selina’s dignity or creating an offensive workplace environment for her.

Chris drafted a letter to Selina’s employer setting out the facts and arguing that she had been subjected to sexual harassment under section 26(2) of the Equality Act 2010. He explained that Selina intended to resign and bring an Employment Tribunal claim if it wasn’t possible to settle the case, and what terms Selina wanted to settle the case (which included money and the provision of an appropriate employment reference).

The result

After a lengthy period of negotiation with the company’s solicitors it was agreed that Selina would be given a confidential settlement package, including the payment of her notice pay, an ex-gratia (tax-free) payment, mutual confidentiality clauses, and the provision of a reference by Selina’s employers after she left. Settlement agreement terms were subsequently agreed and signed.

Chris Hadrill, the partner at Redmans who assisted Selina, commented: “If you have been subjected to unwanted sexual conduct at work then you should seek legal advice and, if you feel able to do so, submit a written complaint to your employer identifying the sexual conduct that you have been subjected to, who was involved, when this conduct occurred, and that this conduct was unwanted. This should help to strengthen your position with regards to settling an Employment Tribunal claim or, if necessary, help you to succeed in bringing such a claim. However, Employment Tribunal claims are generally the last resort as it is always preferable to see whether a case can be resolved without having to resort to litigation (whether in the Employment Tribunal or otherwise).”

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).

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    I have been very pleased with the support I got from Redmans Solicitors on my case with my employer. Caroline has always helped me to put things in perspective and showed me different scenarios ultimately to help me taking the right decision. She was very professional and always available when I needed, and at the same time also emphatic which I found also really important to establish a strong relationship. Will definitely recommend!

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    Prompt and efficient response to my enquiries. Excellent negotiating skills with my employer which considerably improved the terms of my settlement agreement.

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    Really happy with the service. All very efficient. Mel rattled through things very fast, however was great whenever I needed to stop and ask a question! Would definitely return to Redmans if I ever needed Legal advice.

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    Very helpful and clear advice, would highly recommend.

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    Second time I have had to use Redmans. They did not disappoint. They are fast , efficient and friendly. I have already recommended them to friends and colleagues. I hope I dont have to use them again but if I have to , they are the solicitors for me.

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    Great service with tantastic communications. The solicitor responsible is extremely knowledgeable and was responsible for bringing a timely and desired solution.

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    Extremely helpful, starting from a request for advice at very short notice, to dedicating time for me to understand and review all documents thoroughly.

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    Very efficient and professional service. Chris was very empathetic, knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommended.

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