Kate Brooks
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Date Published:10 Jan 2020 Last Updated:23 Oct 2021

Cosmetic brand needs to clean up its act

Employment Law Advice

The Employment Tribunal has found that the cosmetic brand, Liz Earle was guilty of unlawfully discriminating against an employee.

Helen Larkin pursued an Employment Tribunal claim against the brand, following her dismissal by reason of purported redundancy. Ms Larkin was pregnant at the time of dismissal and succeeded in her case that she was unlawfully discriminated against. Ms Larkin was awarded £17,000. In order to stamp out discrimination, there is likely to be no choice for women to pursue stressful Employment Tribunal claims.

Ms Larkin represented herself against the brand and should be an inspiration to any women who have suffered unfavourable treatment as a result of pregnancy, maternity, being a mother, flexible working, or childcare.

Not only has the company been subjected to the expense of the proceedings and successful judgment, but the damage to reputation and brand is likely to be immeasurable.

If you have suffered bad treatment at work due to pregnancy, maternity, or childcare, please do not hesitate to contact me. Kate Brooks kate.brooks@ellisjones.co.uk or 01202 057754