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£55,000 award to woman told to say she is pregnant to warn off male colleagues

Makbool Javaid

In G v London General Transport Services and others, G raised a grievance setting out a history of events of harassment and discrimination, including a male colleague telling her she had a beautiful body, later saying “tell me if you’re wet” and another colleague saying “Do you like putting things in your mouth?” An ET upheld G’s claims of sexual harassment, direct sex discrimination and constructive dismissal. The sexual harassment consisted of the comments made by the male colleagues about which she had complained and that during the grievance hearing a male Unite elected representative who was asked to accompany G laughed on a couple of occasions and suggested to her that she should warn drivers off by telling them she is either married or pregnant. The conduct during the grievance and the failure of the line manger listening to the grievance to respond properly constituted direct discrimination, which in turn breached the duty of trust and confidence, amounting to constructive dismissal. G was awarded £55,167.

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