RECENT CASES & TESTIMONIALS
CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL, AGE DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
A receptionist for a GP practice submitted a claim form in person and approached our firm for help prior to the hearing. We took control and re-formulated the case appropriately ensuring that an emphasis was placed on negative appraisals and unwarranted threats of disciplinary action which led to a resignation. The claims were for constructive dismissal and age discrimination and we took a firm and effective approach in negotiations to achieve a favourable settlement outside of the tribunal.
“Professional, always contactable, realistic and honest. Thank you”
DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION AND REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS
Our client bought a claim in person and was then unhappy with the legal advice received from another firm. We took the case on and reformulated the entire case. The client suffered from prostatitis which we argued amounted to a disability to be covered under the Equality Act. We then bought discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments claims in respect of the rigid absence reporting mechanisms for time off. The claim settled on favourable terms without the need for a final hearing.
“Amit and the team that worked with him were very calm and helped when I was in need of advice and representation. Although it was difficult for me personally, as I was extremely attached to the case - Amit's calm nature helped to give it structure and the team working on the case seemed to be able to look at things from my perspective."
GROSS MISCONDUCT DISMISSAL FOLLOWING TUPE TRANSFER
Our client worked as a carer for a home which was taken over by a new owner. She was subsequently dismissed on allegations that she had shared her log in details, a practice which had been common and accepted prior to the takeover. We bought claims for unfair dismissal and achieved a favourable result.
“Atkinson Rose were very professional and very reliable in every way. They were helpful and the advice they gave me was excellent.”
REDUNDANCY FOLLOWING RETURN FROM MATERNITY LEAVE
Our client was employed by a large, national telecommunications company and was made redundant following her return from maternity leave. We argued that suitable, alternative roles were available to our client and should have been offered to her. Further, she would not have been made redundant had she not taken maternity leave. We bought claims for unfair dismissal and pregnancy and maternity discrimination and achieved a very favourable outcome without having to have a final tribunal hearing.
“Great service, very thorough and easy to deal with. A great result, thanks.“
RESIGNATION FOLLOWING ASSAULT AT WORK
Our client was personally recommended to us and worked for a large pharmaceutical company. He resigned following an assault at work and alleged that he had been subjected to various detriments following his complaining about the incident. The matter settled without the need for a final hearing despite the employers taking an aggressive approach to the claim.
“Amit is a very reliable and confident person and has the best interests for the benefits of his clients. The team was very efficient, intelligent and also very professional.”
RETRACTION OF JOB OFFER DUE TO PAST DEPRESSION
Our client was offered a role which was later rescinded due to the potential employers discovering that she had previously undergone counselling for depression some years ago. We argued that the previous condition amounted to a disability and bought claims for discrimination and breach of contract. The claim settled for a favourable sum without the need for a final tribunal hearing.
“At a time when I was really stuck and in need of support and direction, Atkinson Rose was able to provide me with a service that was above and beyond my expectation. Without their support it would have been difficult for me to achieve a way forward. The service was flexible and accommodating to my needs which empowered me but most of all what I appreciate is that they believed in me."
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE. NEAR SIX-FIGURE SETTLEMENT
Our client was personally referred to us. She had been sexually assaulted at work and disbelieved about the incident by her employers who then spent significant sums of money attempting to defend the claim using more than one firm of solicitors. Despite this, we protected our client from the aggressive correspondence to ensure her terrible experience was not further exacerbated and the claim settled for a near six-figure financial sum.
“I received a very caring and personal service from Atkinson Rose. They cared about me as a client and worked hard to achieve the very best results.”
AVOIDING A DISMISSAL
Our client was based in Rugby and employed by a Government agency. A new line manager was employed who constantly found fault in her work and subjected her to various warnings and disciplinary procedures. Our client was eventually signed off with stress part way through another disciplinary meeting for alleged gross misconduct and she then contacted us. We came on record and identified the various flaws of the allegations and unfairness of the disciplinary procedure. We pointed these out during negotiations with her employers whilst she was signed off sick and we obtained a sum broadly equivalent of which she would have received if she had resigned or been dismissed and taken her employers to an employment tribunal. Our client saved the time, costs and stress of a tribunal and also received a reference. Her feedback is below:
“The strengths of Atkinson Rose were your location and your knowledge of law.
Amit, you were very compassionate to my situation, your advice was very clear and precise but still allowed me the ability to make my own decisions. You were familiar with my circumstances right from our first conversation , which reassured me that you had taken the time to read my case. I was completely satisfied at being guided by your knowledge and the limits within the law.
I feel extremely fortunate to have had you recommended to me and used your service whilst in a very unpleasant situation and would highly recommend Atkinson Rose. “
BACK PAIN AND PRAYER BREAKS
Our client was engaged as an agency worker within a warehouse. His employers were unreasonable in respect of a back injury and there were also issues surrounding his requests to schedule breaks around prayer times. We brought claims for constructive dismissal, disability discrimination, and a failure to make a reasonable adjustment in relation to our client’s back injury. We also bought claims for harassment and discrimination relating to the issues surrounding the prayer times.
We settled the claim for an amount exceeding our client’s annual salary, without the need for a tribunal hearing. Our client’s feedback is as follows:
“I'm very pleased with the service provided by Atkinson Rose. The firm maintained good communication, exceptional manners and provided detailed advice throughout, preparing all the necessary documents. Giving me a voice and a platform to be heard and for that I am forever grateful.
Atkinson Rose is committed and professional. I would highly recommend them.”
BACK PAIN, DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION & REDUNDANCY
Our client was employed as a welder for company in Cambridgeshire. He developed sciatica leading to pain in his lower back and became unable to perform the type of work or the hours that his employers wanted him to. He was eventually dismissed on the ground of redundancy and we brought claims for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. He obtained monetary sum and a reference for future employers. His feedback is below:
“Very clear from the start with what is expected, your terms and money. You are very calming always caring and very thorough with your work. Very happy with the service and the outcome.”
BULLYING, HARASSMENT & DISMISSAL - BANKER
Our client worked for a large bank in Central London under a fixed term contract. A new line manager was employed who bullied and harassed him and took the decision not to renew his contract, essentially dismissing him. We brought a claim for wrongful dismissal and Our client received the entire amount claimed for. His feedback is below.
“Amit provided me with specific advice around my case, he gave me confidence in the service he provided, was attentive to my needs giving me the right level of support and ultimately his instruction resulted in a positive outcome for myself in a complicated and unpleasant situation.
I would thoroughly recommend Amit in the assistance of resolving personal employment matters.”
CANCER AS A DISABILITY, FORCED TO WORK OVERTIME AND UNFAIR DISCIPLINARY ACTION AFTER COMPLAINING TO EMPLOYERS
Our client was employed as a night shift worker in a factory and diagnosed with cancer. His employers would not allow him appropriate time off for either medical appointments or for recovery time following his treatment. They then commenced disciplinary action against him after he had made complaints about the way he was being treated. Our client resigned prior to receiving an outcome to the disciplinary process and we bought claims for constructive dismissal, a failure to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate his disability, harassment, discrimination, victimisation and a claim under the Working Time Regulations due to the number of hours he worked. He obtained a large monetary sum and his feedback is below:
“Atkinson Rose has aided me in a matter that I couldn't find help with anywhere else. I was guided through each step of the process in a professional, informative and down-to-earth manner. At all times I was under a strong impression that the firm has their clients' best interests at heart.”