£30,000 settlement for the McKeever sisters against KFC in sexual harassment case

apple-150579_1280Two sisters, Kirstie and Courtney McKeever, have settled sexual harassment claims against fast food restaurant KFC in Belfast.

Both girls were forced to resign from their jobs at the fast food restaurant on the Boucher Road, Belfast after their complaints to their employer that they were being sexually harassed by a male co-worker did not end his behaviour towards them. 
They alleged that their co-worker touched and pinched them despite being asked to stop doing so, and that he exposed himself and used overtly sexual language towards them.  

The sisters say they reported the incidents to supervisors and managers but his behaviour continued. Courtney spoke of the inaction of her employer on BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme:-

“They kept saying they would deal with it, but they never really did. They actually told me at one point that they were going to sack him but they didn’t and it went on for a few months after that.”

The sisters felt that they had no choice but to give up their jobs. They subsequently took a case against Herbel Restaurants, trading as KFC, and received compensation of £14,000 and £16,000 respectively.  The male co-worker against whom the complaints were made was dismissed.

Sexual harassment can occur when your employer, fellow employee of even a third party such as a customer or client behaves in an offensive manner towards you because of your sex.
Sexism, or sex discrimination, can take many forms in the workplace. It can be direct, indirect, deliberate or accidental. For example, it can occur when you are treated differently or less favourably than a member of the opposite sex. It can also occur where you are put at a disadvantage because of your gender due to certain provisions, criteria or practices that your employer has.

Employers who do nothing to stop sex discrimination in their businesses may themselves be held legally responsible for this discrimination.

What should I do if I have been sexually harassed or discriminated against?

If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual discrimination in your workplace, or indeed if you have been discriminated against at work in any way, you should seek legal advice on the procedure that needs to be followed to resolve the matter. If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily by your employer, you may be able to seek compensation through the Industrial Tribunal.

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LIFE BITE: Sexism at Work

apple-150579_1280There has been much comment in the media in recent weeks on allegations of sexism in the workplace.   

When Charlotte Proudman, a UK human rights barrister received a LinkedIn message from Alexander Carter-Silk, a senior partner at a law firm, praising her on what he called her ‘stunning’ profile picture, she responded by telling him she found his message offensive and adding that she was using LinkedIn for business purposes, rather than to be  “objectified by sexist men”.

Ms Proudman linked the incident to what she saw as a larger issue of sexual harassment in her profession and posted the comment made onto her Twitter account causing a social media wave of opinion.

In other news this week, Ms Dalal Belghiti, a former City trader, is taking legal action against her former employer, the US investment bank Jefferies, claiming that she was discriminated against on the grounds of her sex and exposed to sexist behaviour on the trading floor which caused her to leave her job.  She is seeking £3.5 million in compensation from her former employer.

What is sex discrimination in the workplace?

Sexism, or sex discrimination, can take many forms in the workplace. It can be direct, indirect, deliberate or accidental. For example, it can occur when you are treated differently or less favourably than a member of the opposite sex. It can also occur where you are put at a disadvantage because of your gender due to certain provisions, criteria or practices that your employer has.

Sexual harassment can occur when your employer, fellow employee of even a third party such as a customer or client behave in an offensive manner towards you because of your sex.

Employers who do nothing to stop sex discrimination in their businesses may themselves be held legally responsible for this discrimination.

What should I do if I have been discriminated against?

If you have been the victim of sexual discrimination in your workplace, or indeed if you have been discriminated against at work in any way, you should seek legal advice on the procedure that needs to be followed to resolve the matter. If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily by your employer, you may be able to seek compensation through the Industrial Tribunal.

As always, if you would like any further information on this issue, please contact us using the form below or send an email to mgavin@fhanna.co.uk