Company avoids risk of sex discrimination claim by way of a Settlement Agreement

An employee was threatening legal action on the grounds of sex discrimination. The company denied the allegation and sought help from Slee Blackwell’s Employment experts.

We recommended that the company offer the employee a Settlement Agreement. This required the employee to agree to waive their rights to any future claims against the company in return for compensation being paid, thus avoiding potentially lengthy and expensive litigation in the Employment Tribunal.

The company agreed to act on our advice and so Slee Blackwell’s Employment Team drafted a suitable Settlement Agreement. They also advised the company how the Settlement Agreement should be properly utilised. Arrangements were made for the employee to obtain the necessary independent legal advice on the Settlement Agreement, on the usual basis that the company would pay the costs of doing so. All parties then signed the Settlement Agreement thereby resolving the dispute quickly and at minimal cost.