A STAFFORD human resources employee has lost compensation claims for sex and race discrimination after complaining she was unfairly chosen for redundancy.
Angela Britton of Baswich, Stafford, had been employed by Sunrise Operations Tettenhall, of Wolverhampton, Birmingham Employment Tribunal was told.
The compensation claims had originally been made against Sunrise Senior Living, which caters for thousands of sick and elderly people in homes throughout the country.
But the respondent’s name was changed as Mrs Britton started her two day case against the firm.
The tribunal was told that Mrs Britton faced redundancy after Sunrise introduced a restructuring review and she was eventually given a month’s notice to leave.
She made her sex and race discrimination claims against the firm which the respondents successfully opposed – denying all the allegations.
She also alleged one new role had not been advertised and said grievances had been lodged with the firm.
Tribunal judge Brian McCluggage said that Mrs Britton’s claim for race discrimination had been prompted by an Asian woman employee being allowed a two month extension to her employment.
“Mrs Britton believed she had been treated less favourably in comparison,” said Mr McCluggage.
He said Mrs Britton’s claim for sex discrimination was based on a male in the firm’s human resources department at Cardiff who had been allowed to keep his job.
He was the only male among 27 women in his particular field of human resources, it was said.
Mr McCluggage said he accepted the firm’s evidence that the Asian woman’s ethnic background had nothing to do with her employment extension and he also dismissed Mrs Britton’s sex discrimination.
He said there were differences which could not be compared to Mrs Britton’s situation.
Mr McCluggage praised Mrs Britton, however, for presenting her case with courtesy and aplomb.