A simulated employment tribunal is being conducted to assist employers in Bradford in comprehending the various legal claims that might be raised by employees experiencing menopause. Organised by the prominent law firm, LCF Law, and hosted at Hays Recruitment’s office in Leeds city centre, attendance is free.
Participants will have the opportunity to witness firsthand how an employment tribunal hearing operates. They will also develop an understanding of the potential claims that individuals experiencing menopause might bring forth and how they could be defended. The session will additionally encompass guidelines on how to appropriately handle an employee undergoing menopause, ensuring that supportive measures are implemented, thus reducing the likelihood of legal claims being brought against a business.
Partner James Austin, from LCF Law’s employment law division, said: “As well as being World Menopause Month, there has recently been a case where £37,000 was awarded to an office manager who was told that everybody gets the menopause, so she should just get on with it. It’s important that the menopause is talked about openly and businesses know how to best support their employees and not end up in court.”
The event is taking place on Thursday 12 October between 8:30am-12:00pm. James added: “The mock tribunal will see an employee, who feels she has been discriminated against because she is going through the menopause, bring a claim against her employer. We will go through each step of the legal employment tribunal process and attendees will be able to ask questions of the ‘witnesses’ and help decide the outcome of the case.”
LCF Law’s managing partner, Simon Stell, said: “The take-up for this event has been exceptional. The menopause is a very important issue that employers need to get to grips with so that women are not discriminated against.”
In 2009, the International Menopause Society, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, designated October as World Menopause Month. The objective of this month is to foster open discussion and to emphasise that menopause is a natural and normal facet of the ageing process.
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