An unusual case of a Polish woman, Mrs. Mogurzata, was described in the Daily Mirror. The woman lives in Great Britain and is a single mother. Until 2019, she worked in Watford at the Ford Car Dealership as a receptionist. Half the time.
In the living room where she worked, it was customary to order meals together. It was possible to choose fish, chips, pizza or other fast food at the expense of the employer, which was served to all workers in the salon once a month.
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According to the Polish woman in court, the company’s management stopped inviting her to lunch after she was officially reported to have been sexually discriminated against by one of her co-workers.
In March 2018, Ms. Magurzata filed a formal complaint about her salary, hours of work, and this gender discrimination. The court partially confirmed the woman’s allegations. The employee who breaks her receives a written warning.
During the case the woman brought to her previous company, the employer said that she was working part-time and would be finishing her job at 13 and so she was not invited to a business dinner. However, the court found this to be a flimsy argument.
Ms Magurzata complained that she was the victim of the attack, and her colleagues did not want to speak with her or answer her phone calls.
In January 2019, she was fired from her job after the company decided she needed a full-time receptionist. However, the court found that segregation was gender discrimination because she was a single mother, and as a result she was treated less favorably as a part-time worker.
Judge Jennifer Bartlett ruled that company lunches may be organized privately and informally, but this does not exempt the employer from equal treatment of all employees. “She could have asked if she wanted to join,” the judge stressed.
Ms Magurzata received £ 23,079 in compensation for non-pecuniary damages and lost profits.