by Laurie Anstis on December 15, 2011
In what must be one of the largest awards of its kind, if not the largest ever tribunal award, an employment tribunal has awarded compensation of £4.5m in the case of Michalak v Mid Yorkshire Hospitals. This case concerned a hospital consultant who had been left suffering from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder following sex and race discrimination at the hospital, with a medical expert saying that she would be unlikely to be able to work in a professional capacity again.
In a stark reminder of the strength of discrimination law, the award was made jointly and severally against the employer and three individual respondents, meaning that the claimant could pursue the individuals responsible for the discrimination for the £4.5m compensation.
Also notable in the judgment is an award for the cost of care arising out of the claimant’s injury, and the effect of “grossing up” almost doubling the award.
This may also be the only employment tribunal judgment to cite John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you whilst you are busy making other plans”.
Update: looks like someone has posted the original liability decision online here.