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Cautionary note for employers — victimisation

By Helen Barney

Helen Barney looks at the recent case of Woodhouse v West North West Homes Ltd 2013 UKEAT 0007_12_0506.

The recent unreported decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Woodhouse v West North West Homes Ltd 2013 UKEAT 0007_12_0506 is likely to limit the extent to which employers can draw a parallel with the case of Martin v Devonshire Solicitors [2011] ICR 352 when dealing with serial complainants/litigants on a proscribed ground.

The appellant had pursued some 10 grievances and submitted nine tribunal applications over a period of five years of employment, complaining of direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The respondent dismissed the appellant on grounds that the relationship had ‘irretrievably broken down and trust and confidence no longer exists between the parties’…

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