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How Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor, helped a male client who had been sexually harassed at work to settle their potential claims against their employer for over £20,000.

Situation

Daniel (not his real name), who is male and heterosexual, worked as a manager for a large construction company. Daniel had a great performance and disciplinary record, and achieved all targets set for him. Daniel was invited to a conference abroad to celebrate his achievements, and his sales team’s achievements, and before he went to this conference he was added to a WhatsApp group with his colleagues. His colleagues proceeded to post misogynistic sexual images and videos on the WhatsApp group, as well as homophobic comments. Daniel found these offensive and didn’t participate in the WhatsApp group. As a result he was ostracised by his colleagues and bullied.

Upon Daniel’s return to the UK from the conference he resigned from his job in writing, informing his manager that the reason that he had resigned was in substantial part because of the content of the WhatsApp group.

What we did

When Daniel contacted the employment team in our Richmond office he was concerned about his legal position and about protecting his position until he found a new job. Chris Hadrill, a specialist employment solicitor at Redmans, handled Daniel’s matter.

Chris took Daniel’s case on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning that Isaac would not have to pay large legal fees if he didn’t win the case, and would only pay a proportion of any damages if he won the case – this meant that the risk and the reward were suitably balanced for both Redmans and Daniel.

Chris explained to Daniel that he may have claims against his employer for sexual harassment, sex-related harassment, and sexual orientation-related harassment; Chris further explained that, given the documentary evidence (the WhatsApp messages) as to what had occurred, he thought Daniel had a strong claim. Isaac when they became aware that he had complained that he was being discriminated against.

Chris drafted a letter to Daniel’s former employer explaining what had happened, the strength and value of Daniel’s potential claims, and what Daniel wanted to settle these claims. Chris also drafted a further letter of complaint for Daniel. After submitting both of these letters Daniel’s former employer passed the matter to their solicitors, who negotiated terms of settlement with Chris.

The result

After a lengthy period of negotiation Daniel’s former employer agreed to settle Daniel’s claims for harassment for a sum of over £20,000, and also agreed to provide to Daniel with an agreed form of reference for prospective employers. A settlement agreement was drafted and negotiated by the parties. Once Daniel was happy with the terms of the settlement agreement he agreed to sign it.

Chris Hadrill, the solicitor who represented Daniel in his case, commented on the matter: “This case was a win-win for Daniel: he didn’t have to pay out any fees up front to Redmans and he didn’t have to take his claims to an Employment Tribunal in order to settle his case for a substantial sum of money. If you’ve been harassed or discriminated against by your employer then get in touch with the legal team at Redmans and see how we can help you.”

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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Testimonials

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Anonymous

I had an employment issue which required legal advice. Chris was very supportive and knowledgeable, resulting in an optimum resolution in my favour. Would definitely recommend.

Posted 5 days ago

David M

Very professional and first-rate advice. I would use again. With thanks,

Posted 5 days ago

Anonymous

Got the job done swiftly without going too much in to detail.

Posted 6 days ago

Derek W

Redmans dealt with my case very efficiently and I was happy with the outcome.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Timely professional advice!

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Very good service

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

I was in contact with Chris and then worked with Caroline on an employment matter. I was very pleased with the service and professionalism throughout, and came away with satisfied with the outcome. Would happily recommend.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Nikki

Received advice re employment law. Chris was very helpful and advised accordingly. Would happily recommend them and if ever I need help again, will not think twice before using them.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Samantha K

Absolutely brilliant thank you. Caroline Lewis is a legend

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

The legal advice was clear and helpful.

Posted 2 months ago

Davinder P

Good Service

Posted 2 months 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 months ago

Anonymous

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

Posted 2 months 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 months ago

Anonymous

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

Posted 2 months ago

Peter S

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

Posted 2 months 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 2 months ago

Anonymous

Good and quick service

Posted 2 months ago

Ricky D

Very satisfying to be assured of such attention and professionalism.

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service - thankyou

Posted 2 months ago

Anonymous

Efficient, timely and friendly support and advice

Posted 2 months ago