Suzanne McKie QC quoted in the Financial Times

Suzanne McKie QC was quoted by the Financial Times yesterday regarding delays over bullying complaints at KPMG, one of the ‘Big Four’ auditors.

Suzanne commented:

The outcomes aren’t tough enough. I am seeing a lot of final written warnings and not a lot of dismissals, and sometimes that is because [the alleged perpetrators] are big earners. My sense is that companies are not going far enough and need to be tougher with the penalties they are meting out. There is a lack of understanding of the drip drip drip effect of bullying and harassment. I see very strong people coming to me and saying I cannot cope — I can’t go through the front door. And they’ve been there for 30 years.”

The relevant FT article is available here.

Harassment and bullying in the House of Commons

Dame Laura Cox QC published her Report into the Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons staff on October 15 2018. Suzanne McKie QC assisted the inquiry by making legal submissions related to the law of harassment, discrimination, and vicarious liability through the Centre for Women’s Justice.

A copy of the Report is available here.

Farore Law's introductory guide to harassment

Claims of harassment in the workplace are common, but harassment claims can also be brought in any situation covered by the Equality Act 2010. This includes (and is not limited to) conduct within partnerships, public offices, trade organisations, local authorities, and bodies responsible for awarding qualifications. The firm has produced a detailed guide to harassment claims and offences under the following Acts:

  • the Equality Act 2010;

  • the Protection from Harassment Act 1997;

  • the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001; and

  • the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

Click here to view the guide.

Ascertaining the extent of discrimination, abuse, and harassment: a poll

Farore Law is looking into the creation of a portal on this website to allow victims of sex discrimination, mental health discrimination, abuse, and harassment to provide a totally confidential summary of what ill-treatment they received and the reasons they believe it happened.

If you think that such a ‘Discrimination Portal’ is a good idea, please email us at info@farorelaw.co.uk. If the idea is popular, we hope to start it as soon as we can.

Is hugging a good thing to do in the workplace?

Suzanne McKie QC was featured in the Employment Solicitor’s article ‘Is it OK to hug at work?’. Suzanne’s view is that we should not be grieving about loss of physicality in the workplace. The article is available here.