£75,000 pay out for Victimisation

An employee has successfully claimed race and age discrimination claim after feeling left out by colleagues when she was the only one not invited out for drinks. An employment tribunal has heard that colleagues ‘insensitively’ organised the social event in front of her and stated that excluding an employee is a ‘detriment at work’ as they ‘lose the opportunity to bond with colleagues’. The claimant, who is of mixed black African heritage, also won a claim of unfair dismissal.

The claimant was the longest-serving employee at the time of her resignation and reported that she had seen ‘numerous’ colleagues promoted over the years, none of whom were black or mixed heritage and all of whom were younger than her.

The hearing was told she had been repeatedly rejected or ignored after applying for promotions within the company.

The Tribunal Judges ruled ‘We unanimously agree that being excluded from discussions at work about a social occasion amongst colleagues when one would normally be included would subject an employee to a detriment at work. A reasonable employee would consider that such exclusion was to their disadvantage because they had lost the opportunity to bond with colleagues on that social occasion’.

The claimant was awarded £74,113.65 in compensation for injury to feelings and loss of overtime for her successful claims of unlawful victimisation, unfair dismissal, race and age discrimination.

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