How not to treat employees and the costly consequences
In an unlikely series of events, an elderly claimant, Ms Miles, worked sixty hour weeks as a housekeeper in a hotel for just £1.41 an hour. On top of all this, her employer, the hotel boss, refused her holidays for three years and sexually harassed her on three occasions*.
Ms Miles was awarded £55,194 in compensation by the employment tribunal for unauthorised deduction to wages, compensation for unfair dismissal, money for untaken holiday and compensation for injury to feelings as a result of the sexual harassment incidents.
The tribunal heard that Ms Miles was vulnerable as she had nowhere else to live, and was trapped in a difficult ‘master and servant’ relationship with her employer from which she felt there was no escape**.
While this is a somewhat extreme case, it still serves as a stark reminder to employers to ensure that they are complying with all relevant aspects of employment law for all of their employees.
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This update was prepared by Tom Revitt.