Beadles Group Ltd v Angelica Graham

No written policy on sex discrimination or harassment combined with a failure to take reasonable steps to prevent it may leave the employer liable for a discrimination claim.

Case facts

A 22-year-old former trainee car sales executive won nearly £180,000 for sexual harassment after only one week in a new job left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


Conclusion for me

The Beadles Group had no written policy on sex discrimination or harassment, or equal opportunities in general, the tribunal said. Nor did it provide training or advice to ordinary employees about sexual harassment, or warn them against it. It failed to take the reasonable steps it could have taken to prevent Mr Marriott from acting as he did.


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Updated: 3rd May, 2021
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