Zero Hours Workers, Mental Health & Discrimination

Contract, Sign PressureA worker on a zero hours contract has received £19,500 compensation after winning a claim for sexual harassment.

Hotel worker Ms Southern claimed she had been sexually harassed for a long period by her bar manager, but delayed raising a grievance because she was worried her shift hours might be dropped.

The tribunal ruled that because Ms Southern was young (22) and had a history of mental health issues, she should receive a large injury to feelings award.

“Employers should review shift allocations to ensure there is no detrimental treatment for zero-hours workers, especially in sectors where shift patterns are central to the employment relationship,” says Vanessa James, a partner at SA Law.


People Management. (2015) Large Award for Bar Worker. People Management. June 2015, pp.17.


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