UK Law Gazette: Canary Wharf firm discriminated against disabled paralegal

A conveyancer who suggested that a paralegal was interested in a client in a sexual way was harassing her on the basis of her sex, an employment tribunal has found.

Imitiaz Ahmed shouted the comment at the claimant, Ms F Kaiser, after he overheard a conversation between her and the client, Mr H, the tribunal heard.

The claimant took the comment as referring to her being interested in the client in a sexual way. They both worked at Khans Solicitors, established in 1985, which has offices in Ilford and Canary Wharf.

Kaiser has successfully sued Khans for sex discrimination, disability discrimination, automatic unfair dismissal and breach of a contract of employment.

The tribunal at East London Hearing Centre found that in August 2019, the client, who had been seen by one of the partners at the firm, started talking to Kaiser. The claimant politely indicated that she wanted to get on with her work but Khan’s client continued talking about his personal matters.

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