£20,000 compensation for ‘hurt feelings’ awarded to employee

Dispute Resolution - 1 minute read

A former employee of Jaguar Land Rover has been awarded £20,000 after bringing claims for disability and race discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal.

Hoyte v Jaguar Land Rover

His claims for unfair dismissal and race discrimination were rejected. He did however win his claims for disability discrimination and harassment and was awarded £16,000 plus interest for ‘injury to feelings’.

Mr Hoyte claimed that a poster (which JLR stated was created to discourage disruptive workforce behaviour) was deliberately brought to his attention because of his race.

JLR said that Mr Hoyte was dismissed due to lack of capability after having a long absence with no prospects of returning to work. JLR also claimed that Mr Hoyte was a ‘serial complainant’ who was difficult to manage.

Mr Hoyte suffers from anxiety, depression and a bowel disorder which made him vulnerable. He accused fellow workers of harassing him for going to the toilet.

Prior to the Tribunal, JLR offered Mr Hoyte £30,000 but this was rejected.

This case highlights the importance for companies to ensure that they are not perceived to be discriminating against any employees/applicants.