Employment News — 27 January 2014: no deal: claimant’s rejection of offer to settle did not justify costs award

The claimant was dismissed from her job as a bank branch manager on conduct grounds, following an incident where she had left the branch safe open. She brought claims of unlawful sex and race discrimination, unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal in the tribunal.

Before the tribunal hearing, the bank, in a ‘Calderbank’-style letter, offered the claimant £25,000 to compromise the claims under a COT3 agreement. The offer was rejected by the claimant and she asked for a revised offer close to her estimated loss figure of £1.2m, which included a whole-career loss-of-earnings claim. No further offer was forthcoming before the liability hearing, at which the discrimination claims were dismissed and the unfair-dismissal complaint upheld, subject to a deduction of two thirds to reflect the claimant’s contribution to her dismissal by her conduct…

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