We acted for a lady who worked in the beauty industry and who had been working for the same employer (whom she considered a close friend) for over twenty years. Our client was accused, without any firm evidence, of stealing from the till at the salon. She was suspended without notice or pay pending an investigation into the matter. Her employer failed to particularise any of the explicit allegations against her and the matter was further complicated as she had no written contract of employment or staff handbook to refer to.
We assisted our client by issuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal. We wrote to the employer setting out the numerous breaches of our client’s implied contract of employment and her employment rights. By negotiating with the employer, we were able to secure a fitting settlement as well as recovering the cost of issuing the claim. This outcome was satisfying to our client as it meant she was adequately compensated (but without expensive recourse to the Court) and this aided in alleviating her feelings against her former employer, which were understandably very acrimonious, allowing her to move on.
Led by: Salima Mawji
Supported by: Rishi Mital