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13 SEP 2013

Onu v Akwiwu UKEAT/0283/12/RN & UKEAT/0022/12/RN; [2013] IRLR 523; (2013) EMPLR 037

1 May 2013

Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)

Langstaff J, Mr B Beynon and Mr P Gammon MBE

Victimization after employment has ended does give an ex-employee a right to complain to an employment tribunal. Rowstock Limited v Jessemy was wrongly decided.

O worked as a domestic worker for the A family. After she had left the A family, O complained to a tribunal of discrimination and failure to pay the national minimum wage. O claimed that, after submitting these claims, Mr A threatened her. O made a further complaint of victimization.

Mr and Mrs A argued that the victimization claim could not proceed because the victimization provisions do not apply to victimization which takes place after employment ends (as was held in Rowstock Limited v Jessemey). The EAT disagreed - somehow concluding that s 108(7) (which specifically precludes post-employment victimization claims), only makes sense if those drafting the legislation had assumed that that post-termination victimization was provided for elsewhere in the legislation.

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