How our team of Employment Law solicitors successfully defended a breach of contract and sex discrimination claim.
Training-4-u is a small training consultancy based in Eastbourne. It delivers health and safety training to nurseries, care homes and schools using a bank of freelance trainers and has established a strong reputation.
One of Training-4-u’s trainers was unable to cover a specific assignment which he had agreed previously to deliver at Filtons Pre-school.
Training-4-u advertised for a local, qualified, freelance trainer on its Facebook page to cover this session.
Anita responded to the advert and met with one of the owners, Jane, to discuss this work and to agree her charging rate.
It was agreed that Anita would contact Filtons Pre-school directly to sort out the arrangements. Anita informed their General Manager that her husband would need to attend with her baby as she needed her daughter to be on site in order to breastfeed her.
Filtons Pre-school informed Training-4-u that it would not be possible for Anita to be accompanied by her husband due to safeguarding issues and asked Jane to find a different trainer.
Jane informed Anita that they could no longer hire her and that she should not expect to take her husband onto client premises, even if the reason was to allow her to breastfeed her two-year-old daughter.
Anita was unhappy about this. She sought legal advice and issued a claim in the Employment Tribunal against Training-4-u, complaining of breach of contract and sex discrimination.
We persuaded Training-4-u’s legal expenses insurer to allow us to act as their freedom of choice solicitor.
We prepared a robust Response to Anita’s claims:
We offered Anita the opportunity to withdraw her claim and in return Training-4-u would not pursue their legal costs in defending her claims.
Anita’s solicitor came “off record”, showing that she was no longer represented by a solicitor. Anita accepted our offer and withdrew her claim.
This was the quickest and most economic way of bringing an end to these proceedings.
Training-4-u’s legal costs were approximately £2,500 which were met in full by their insurer.