Ms Majid was a young lady who was taking her legal practice course to become a solicitor. She started working for AA Solicitors, a practice based in Bolton. Mr Ali was the sole solicitor of the practice. Ms Majid stated that, during the six weeks of her employment, she was subject to 40 or more acts of sexual harassment by Mr Ali.
The harassment included attempts to hug her, touch her arms, and invite her to the cinema. She also said that he suggested that a bed should be installed in the office. This made Ms Majid feel very uncomfortable. After declining Mr Ali’s advances, Ms Majid found herself subject to a redundancy process and was dismissed.
The employment tribunal found that Mr Ali, as an older man in a position of power, had made numerous sexual advances towards Ms Majid, abusing his authority and exploiting her vulnerability. They also found that the selection of Ms Majid for redundancy had not been on genuine grounds.
The employment tribunal awarded Ms Majid:
£2,111 for loss of earnings;
£14,000 compensation for injury to feelings
£4,000 in aggravated damages.
The moral of this case is that if you are made to feel uncomfortable by acts of a sexual nature whether male or female, the employment tribunals are taking this very seriously and it doesn’t have to be tolerated.