A father has won his claim to the Employment Tribunal for sex discrimination. The employee who worked for Price Waterhouse Cooper made 2 requests to work part time following the birth of his daughter the second of which was granted. He was however informed by a manager that taking this step would harm his prospects of promotion.
The Employment Tribunal found that following this request the same manager then blocked the employee’s subsequent promotion whilst letting female employees who worked part time for family reasons be promoted.
Price Waterhouse Cooper are appealing the decision.
This case emphasises the fact that sex discrimination protection and family friendly policies apply equally to fathers and mothers and employers need to take care when faced with a flexible working request to act consistently and fairly with all staff. If you are an employer and have received a flexible working request from any of your employees please contact our Gary Smith on 01279 712576 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options and the steps you must take.