Rangers FC chief executive Charles Green caused quite a stir when he revealed he was willing to use sex discrimination legislation to sue UEFA if they attempt to block his club from moving to the
If it was a statement designed to engineer publicity, it worked. The media dropped everything and pounced on Mr Green’s statement.
Back in the real world, however, sex discrimination in the workplace is a very real issue. There were 10,800 sex discrimination complaints accepted by employment tribunals in 2011/12, of which 166 resulted in financial awards.
The average pay out in sex discrimination cases cost employers £9,940, with the highest reaching £89,700. It may not be football clubs and their multi-million pound arguments, but on a social level, the significance of these cases, none of which were brought by Rangers FC against UEFA, is enormous.
Sex discrimination has been legislated against since 1975, but it may surprise you to learn that sexual harassment in the workplace was not specifically outlawed until 2005, when an amendment to the Sexual Discrimination Act granted workers protection against unwanted sexual conduct, whether verbal or physical.
If you feel you are suffering as a result of sexual harassment in the workplace, and if attempts to deal with it internally have failed, contacting a specialist sexual harassment lawyer should be near the top of your to-do list.
Whether you are experiencing:
- Unwanted physical contact
- Unwanted comments
- The receipt of inappropriate emails
- The display of unacceptable material (like calendars or posters)
- Or many more…
We can advise you how best to act.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation.