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Martin & Co secures six figure award for sex discrimination

Martin & Co has recently secured a six figure award for a client who was a manager in a well known bus company based in Manchester. The claim was heard over four days at the Manchester employment tribunal and she succeeded in her claims for sex discimination, unfair dismissal and breach of contract.

Our client was particularly pleased, as before instructing Martin & Co, she had been advised by other lawyers not to pursue the sex discrimination claim, which made up a substantial part of the award. Not only that, but her legal fees were paid by an insurance company under her home insurance policy, which means that she pocketed all of the compensation. This was one of the highest awards to be made in Manchester for some time.

Compromise agreements

Martin & Co has advised on upwards of 50 compromise agreements in the last few months alone. A compromise agreement is when an employer offers the employee a sum of compensation in return for the employee agreeing to give up his or her right to make a claim in the employment tribunal for unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination etc.

Such an agreement must be set out in a prescribed form, and this is known as a compromise agreement. Crucially, for the agreement to be effective, the employee must take advice from a solicitor, who must sign a certificate to confirm that they have advised the employee.

The employer will generally pay the employee’s legal costs which tend to be in the region of £250 – £500 plus vat.

Martin & Co is so well known for its work on compromise agreements in the north west, that we advised the majority of employees who were recently made redundant by a large multinational oil company from their offices in Manchester.

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