Woman not invited to work drinks awarded $130,000 in compensation

A woman has been awarded £74,000 ($131,000) in compensation after complaining she was left out when she wasn't invited to staff drinks.

A tribunal ruled she was victimised by her colleagues at a casino in London as a result of a discrimination complaint she'd made against another employee, the Evening Standard reported.

The 51-year-old cashier was the only person not invited to the drinks, leaving her feeling "shunned" by her colleagues.

The woman, of mixed African heritage, won claims of unfair dismissal, victimisation, and age and race discrimination at work, and was awarded £74,113 by the employment tribunal.

A file photo of a group enjoying work drinks. Source: Getty, file.
The female employee was left out from work drink discussions, the tribunal heard. Source: Getty (file photo).

“We unanimously agree that being excluded from discussions at work about a social occasion amongst colleagues when one would normally be included would subject an employee to a detriment at work," Employment Judge Sarah Moor said.

"A reasonable employee would consider that such exclusion was to their disadvantage because they had lost the opportunity to bond with colleagues on that social occasion.

"The occasion was sufficiently linked to work by the fact that it was amongst work colleagues and was discussed about at work, and would provide the opportunity for team bonding.”

The woman had been working at the Aspers casino for more than 10 years. It is one of the UK's biggest casinos and employs more than 500 people.

It was also found she was discriminated against after being refused training courses granted to younger employees.

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